We are very excited about Monster Phonics, our new approach to phonics, which we are now using across our TILT schools.
Traditional ways of learning to spell can be time-consuming and for some children they are ineffective. Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. The 26 letters of the alphabet are represented by black cat symbols whereas the combinations of these letters (which make 44 speech sounds in English) are colour coded to help children decipher them. For example, the ay (play) and ai (train) sound are coloured red and are linked to the monster 'Angry Red A'.
Monster Phonics uses 10 monsters to categorise all sounds into 10 simple areas, each monster has a different colour and a story that explains who that monster is. Our children have loved finding out about the monsters and are now starting to discover the ebooks and apps!