Thursday, 28 April 2016

X is for x not X!!!

Welcome to my posts for the A to Z Challenge 2016.
This year, I am posting 
Special School Stories
 tales from either my time as a teacher or teaching assistant within classrooms in the U.K. or from my own school days growing up around the country.

The letter I dread each A - Z Challenge!!  So for today's post you can have a peep into the phonics lesson as we try to teach children the complexities of this letter which everyone knows but not everyone can say!!!

Phonics Lesson

X is the name of this letter

Let’s say box and let’s say fix

Hear the sound at the end?

Now that’s the sound of X

At the end of the word
Like Max or fox

Put your arms like this
(crossed in front of your body)

You’ve got the X factor

Say the sound – ks!

I'd love to know what you think of phonics lessons in school now - did you get taught to read phonetically or with flashcards?  Do your children come back doing or singing their phonics lessons?  Which is your least favourite letter and why?  Go on - leave a comment below - you know I'd love to know :)


  1. I love the poem. It's a great teaching tool. It's funny in every X post I've read so far the writer has moaned about this letter. Me included. But we've all managed to be creative.

  2. Excellent use of X. I think phonics is the best way to teach kids language. Alas it is out the door in TX and the reading and writing skill level reflects that

  3. I love how phonics was taught in school. Unfortunately many spell phonetically, which is often not how the word is spelled.

  4. I've been teaching my son to read, and we're doing it phonetically--which I think is the easiest way to go.

  5. I learned to read via phonics. It worked for me, but phonics doesn't work for all kids, as I'm sure you know. Each child deserves to learn to read based on the method)s) that best fit that child. Glenda from
    Evolving English Teacher