Phase 3 phonics sounds: “ar” sound jolly phonics

ar sound jolly phonics

How to teach ar sound:

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

1. sound ar story:

ar sound jolly phonics

Carla was a beautiful smart girl. Once she makes something good, her mum praises her and hugs her. One day Carla did something and never did it again. Her mom brought an ice cream pocket and put it in the fridge. She told Carla that she can take some. Carla found the ice cream so smooth. She didn’t notice that she kept eating until she finished the whole package. A few moments later, she started to feel increasing pain in all her teeth. she kept saying “ar, ar” and when her mom knew, she took her to the doctor. He asked her to open her mouth and say “ar, ar”. the doctor found that Carla has a sore throat because of the frozen ice cream. He helped Carla and gave her the medicine that made her feel better and asked her not to do that again.

2. ar sound jolly phonics pronunciation:

  • To make the “ar” sound correctly, focus on pronouncing two sounds and making a smooth connection between them.
  • Start with making the /ɑ/ sound.
  • Open your mouth as wide as possible. Relax your lips and allow them to rest in a neutral position.
  • Now, let’s move your tongue in the correct position for the /ɑ/ vowel.
  • Place your tongue very low in the center of your mouth and make it flat. 
  • The tip of your tongue should be touching the back of your bottom front teeth.
  • Next, connect the /ɑ/ to the /r/ sound with a long gliding movement. 
  • Slightly round your lips. Curl back the tip of your tongue. 
  • Now, slightly lower the center of your tongue and raise its back. Your tongue should be tensed. 


3. jolly phonics digraph ar dictation:

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

4. ar sound digraph tracing worksheet

Here’s the digraph “ar” tracing worksheet to practice:

ar sound jolly phonics

5. jolly phonics sound ar – 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 “ar”.
  • 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 “park”.

Try other words too…

jolly phonics sound ar – 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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