Phase 3 phonics sounds: “air” sound jolly phonics

air sound jolly phonics

How to teach air sound:

We are going to teach kids the air sound through 6 steps. Each step will add a lot of fun and liveliness to the learning time. Let’s see together:

1. sound air story:

air sound jolly phonics

“Air or ground”, the teacher started this game which talks about what we always see in the air and what is on the ground. The teacher told the kids about the game. She divided the class into two teams. And started showing them flashcards like a bird, horse, and plane saying “air or ground” the fastest team answering takes a point. One of the teams has won finally and she rewarded them with a lot of candies.

2. air sound jolly phonics pronunciation:

  • To pronounce the “air” trigraph you should focus on the correct position of your lips and tongue.
  • Partially open your mouth, spread your lips wide and make them tense.
  • Raise the middle of your tongue to the roof of your mouth and push it to the front. The tip of your tongue should be down, just behind your bottom front teeth. Then you make the /errrr/ sound and we make it lighter than how we pronounce it alone.
  • Remember, “air” is a tense sound, so your lips and your tongue should be very tense. Your jaw should be partially lowered.


3. jolly phonics trigraph air dictation:

walk with your kid step by step on his notebook to write the following trigraph. Show him the gif below and motivate him to imitate it.

4. air sound trigraph tracing worksheet:

Here’s the trigraph “air” tracing worksheet to practice:

air sound jolly phonics

5. jolly phonics sound air – blending exercise:

Use our phonics phase 2 and phase 3 flashcards to practice some pronunciation activities with your kid: 

  • First level: Make combinations of the flashcards below and let the child recognize which letters are making the sound “air”.
  • Advanced level: Let the child assemble the words below by himself. keep telling him the pronunciation of the word until he can make the combination alone. 
  • The word the kid should make here is “stairs”.

Try other words too…

6. Jolly phonics sound air – words dictation:

Write on the board or on a piece of paper the following table of graphemes. Give the kid some oral words that can only be combined with available graphemes in the table. See how your kid will be able to form a word from.


The teacher/parent here may say :


Now the kid has to know how to form the latter word from the table using his listening skills and his knowledge of blending.

after the teacher/parent pronounce the word the kid should arrange the word following the pronunciation he heard

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