Phase 3 phonics sounds: “qu” sound jolly phonics

qu sound jolly phonics

How to teach qu sound:

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

1. sound qu story:

Jimmy loves to play in the garden. Especially, near the pond where the ducks swim and squirrels are climbing the branches of the trees. He loves to feed the ducks bread and gets some nuts for the squirrels who come quickly to eat all of it. The ducks also come quickly quacking to eat the bread from jimmy’s hand. He likes their sound and does like them “qu, qu, qu….”

2. qu sound jolly phonics pronunciation:

  • the ‘qu’ consonant cluster, that is, the ‘c’ as in ‘cap’ with the ‘w’ as in ‘will’.
  • I know that some people have difficulties with this sound. The key is in the lip position.
  • To make the W sound, the lips have to round not just a little, but a lot, so that there’s just a tiny gap there where the lips are not touching.
  • When I say the word ‘quick’, notice that my lips have already rounded, quick, before my vocal cords even release the air for the kk sound. Quick.

3. jolly phonics digraph qu 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. qu sound digraph tracing worksheet

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

5. jolly phonics sound qu – 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 “qu”.
  • 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 “quick”.

Try other words too…

jolly phonics sound qu – 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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