Phase 3 phonics sounds: “ow” sound jolly phonics


How to teach ow sound:

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

1. sound ow story:

ow sound jolly phonics

a little kid was playing on the beach with a bowl. he filled it with sand and started to build a tower. He put a towel on his shoulders to keep him dry after he had taken a long shower. His mom saw him and knew it’s time for breakfast. So she brought some bread with cheese and went to feed her child. “open your mouth little bunny,..” she said to her kid. Suddenly, something strange happened. A seagull flew so fast above them and got closer in a blink of an eye to steal the cookie bite going into the kid’s mouth. “ow….what is that”, said the mother after the bird has hurt her hand. “ow…I can’t believe the bird stole the cookie”, said the mother angrily.


Phonics Sounds Phase 3: ow sound jolly phonics
  • To make the “ow” digraph correctly, you need to pronounce two sounds and make a smooth connection between them.
  • Start with making the “a” sound.
  • Open your mouth as wide as possible. Relax your lips and allow them to rest in a neutral position.
  • Flatten your tongue and place it very low in your mouth. The tip of your tongue should be touching the back of your bottom front teeth.
  • Next, connect the /ɑ/ to the “w” sound.
  • Smoothly move your jaw up, until your mouth is almost closed. Then pull the back of your tongue to your throat. 
  • The first sound in a diphthong is typically longer and louder. So, make sure that you pronounce a nice and full “a” and then connect it to the “w” sound.


3. jolly phonics digraph ow 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. ow sound digraph tracing worksheet:

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

ow sound jolly phonics

5. jolly phonics sound ow – blending exercise:

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

  • The first level: Make combinations of the flashcards below and let the child recognize which letters are making the sound “ow”.
  • 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 “bowl”.

Try other words too…

6. jolly phonics sound ow – 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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