Phase 3 phonics sounds: ee/or sounds jolly phonics


How to teach ee/or sounds:

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

1. sounds ee/or story:

ee/or sounds jolly phonics

The sheep, the cow, and the hen were playing on the farm. “why the donkey didn’t come to play”, wandered all of them, “let’s go and see”. When they went, they found him sick and in a low voice he says “ee…or, ee…or”. They stayed that night and took care of him until he got back fit. They played together again happily and the donkey cheered “ee..or, ee..or”


A. pronunciation of ee sound:

  •  To make the “ee” sound, you should focus on the correct position of your lips, tongue, and jaw.
  • Open your mouth a little, stretch your lips as wide as you can, and make them tense. 
  • Raise your tongue very high and push it to the front of your mouth. The tip of your tongue should be lowered just behind your bottom front teeth.
  • Remember, the “ee” is a tense sound, so your lips and tongue should be tense. Your tongue should be at the front of your mouth.

B. pronunciation of or sound:

  • To make the”or” sound correctly, focus on pronouncing two sounds and making a smooth connection between them.
  • Start with making the “o” sound. Open your mouth as wide as possible, and round your lips.
  • Now, let’s place your tongue in the correct position for the “o” vowel.
  • Flatten your tongue and pull it back. Place your tongue very low in your mouth.
  • By the way, there are some variations in how the vowel in the “or” sound could be pronounced. 
  • It’s okay to place your tongue a little higher in your mouth and not pull it back as far, making a sound that falls somewhere in between the “oa” and the “o” vowels. 
  • The tip of your tongue should be touching the back of your bottom front teeth.
  • Next, connect the “oa” to the “r” sound with a long gliding movement. 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 ee/or dictation:

4. ee/or sound trigraph tracing worksheet

Here’s the digraph “ee” and “or” tracing worksheet to practice:

5. ee/or sounds jolly phonics – 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 “ee/or”.
  • 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. 

from these flashcards the kid should make the word:



“corn” from here:

use more flashcards to try other words.

ee/or sounds jolly phonics – 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 :

“born”/ “meet”

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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