‘Ph’ for phone

G is learning Jolly Phonics at school. She loves it, but is most put out that they’re only learning a few phonemes at a time. So she’s decided to teach herself some more.

Today’s choice was a bit ambitious – ‘ph’, as in ‘phone’. So I helped her sound it out and made up a silly song about it, as you do, then headed off to school.

What I hadn’t reckoned on was her eagerness to share her knowledge with everyone we passed en route to the school gates.

“Ph ph ph” she shouted gleefully at the top of her voice.

Except if you sound it out yourself you can imagine what everyone else was hearing.

“Fu fu fu”.

“For phone!” I hastily added, roughly in the direction of every mum I saw.

“Make sure you say ‘for phone’ when you tell the teacher what you’ve learnt” I impressed upon her at the nursery door.

“Why, mummy?”

Just do, ok. Just do.

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