Family Fun Phonics

Family Fun Phonics

⭐️ Phonics Advisor & Tutor ⭐️ 20+ Years in Early Years ⭐️ Local Authority Lead ⭐️ Independent Trainer

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Would your child benefit from a fun and engaging way to boost their phonics or maintain their phonics skills this summer? 🌞📚

I’m Cher, an Early Years Literacy Advisor and Trainer. Family Fun Phonics was set up in 2015 to help support young children in gaining a true love for reading and writing. I am so proud of the work I do and truly blessed that I can help so many children understand the world of phonics.

As a phonics advisor, I also provide tuition, specialising in one-to-one sessions for children aged 3-8 and their families. I offer a highly interactive learning experience that feels like a favourite children’s TV show! 🌈🎶

Sessions are ideal if your little one is:
- Starting school for the first time this September 🌱
- Moving from Reception to Year 1 📚
- Transitioning from Year 1 to Year 2 🎓

Sessions start from just 10 minutes up to two hours. You can opt for as many sessions as you wish, as long as the diary allows.

☀️ Parent Feedback: “Family Fun Phonics works like magic!”

🐚 Parent Feedback: “I can’t believe how much [name of child] now knows. They were finding phonics so hard and not enjoying reading at all. Every day was a struggle to hear them read. Now there is no stopping them. I can’t thank you enough.”

🍦 Child Feedback: “I love phonics with Cher because we play and have fun. We are always laughing in ‘Cher Time.’”

🏝️ Child Feedback: “I wish I could do phonics with Cher every day.”

📩 DM for more information or to book your summer holiday sessions!

P.S. Children love their sessions so much that they ask to have their ‘Cher Time’ while on their family holiday at the seaside, which means that Family Fun Phonics is international!

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This is the best Nursery/School idea I have seen for ages with credit to Meet Mrs Monty.


Simply photocopy the front cover (maybe laminate) and hang up the stories you and your class have enjoyed reading together.

Here's why this idea is a game-changer:

1. EASY ACCESS: Children can effortlessly pick out their favourite stories for a quick dive into imagination.

2. CHARACTER CONNECTIONS: By seeing the covers, they are reminded of cherished characters and their adventures.

3. GENRE EXPLORATION: Sorting fiction and non-fiction books encourages exploration into different realms of knowledge and imagination.

4. PERSONAL PREFERENCES: Arranging books by favourites empowers children to express their preferences and delve deeper into what resonates with them.

5. AUTHOR APPRECIATION: Grouping books by author highlights the unique styles and storytelling magic of beloved writers.

6. VISUAL STIMULATION: The colourful array of book covers stimulates curiosity and invites exploration into new worlds waiting to be discovered.

Do you have any other ways that you celebrate the books you have read with your class over the school year?

📸: IG .monty


🔍 Attention parents! With the Year 1 Phonics Screening just around the corner, it’s time to prepare and support your child through this important milestone.

📚 What is the Phonics Screening? It’s an assessment conducted in Year 1 to evaluate children’s phonics knowledge and decoding skills. It helps identify areas where additional support may be needed to ensure reading success.

📝 Parents, it’s crucial to familiarise yourselves with the Phonics Screening process and provide guidance and encouragement to your child. Practice phonics activities at home, read together regularly, and create a supportive learning environment.

💡 Remember, some children may require extra assistance before the screening takes place. Whether it’s boosting confidence, addressing specific phonics challenges, or providing additional practice, early intervention can make a significant difference.

I am here to help! My name is Cher and I am an Independent Early Literacy Advisor and Trainer.

❗️❗️I have opened up a few additional sessions in the run up to June ready for when the phonics screening takes place. ❗️❗️

Family Fun Phonics is a unique, fun and engaging teaching programme delivered by myself. Parents comment that the ‘lessons’ work like magic and the children really look forward to their phonics sessions, making very quick progress.

Together we can empower our young children and set them up for success in early literacy.

These sessions will go quickly and on a first come first served basis.

DM for more information.

I really want to help as many families as possible. Please share with your friends.

Cher Burton
Independent Early Years Literacy Advisor
Owner of


🌟 Small Steps, Big Achievements! 🌟

In the journey of growth and learning, it’s essential to remember that progress comes in small, steady steps. Just like these ladders illustrate.

When working with children, smaller steps provide stability and confidence, making it easier for them to reach their goals without the risk of falling. By breaking down tasks into manageable chunks, we empower them to climb higher, one step at a time, towards success and achievement.

This is exactly how I work during Family Fun Phonics sessions.



Teaching rhyming words like ‘hat’, ‘cat’, ‘mat’ helps children understand how words sound similar at the end - in this example the words all have ‘at’.

Building up rhyme knowledge helps to make it easier for little ones to read and write because they begin to recognise patterns in words. This skill helps them predict how words will sound and how they fit together, which makes writing more fun and less daunting for them.

So, when children grasp rhyming, they’re better equipped to read and express themselves through writing.

Be in touch for more information about Family Family Phonics 1 - 1 sessions.
“Family Fun Phonics works like magic.” Parent review.


Phase 4 Dominoes!

Children love this game! A skill of build and balance as well as reading!

Photos from Family Fun Phonics's post 01/04/2024


Sound families in phonics refer to groups of letters that commonly make the same sound or sound pattern when pronounced in words.

Let’s take the sounds “ai,” “a_e,” and “ay”, they all produce the same spoken sound, which is the long “a” sound. When written of course, they look different.

Here are some examples:

Words Using the “ai” Sound Pattern:

Words Using the “a_e” Sound Pattern:

Words Using the “ay” Sound Pattern:

Remember that even though they are represented differently in writing, all three patterns produce the same spoken sound.

How about when to use which one?!

There are some general rules to help determine when to use “ai,” “ay,” or “a-e” to represent the long “a” sound in words. Remember, English spelling can sometimes be irregular, so there may be exceptions to these rules. However, they provide a helpful guideline for understanding when to use each pattern.

Using the ”ai” Sound Pattern:
This pattern is often used when the long “a” sound comes before a single consonant or at the end of a syllable, as in the word “rain” or “wait.”

Using the ”a-e” Sound Pattern: This pattern is typically used when the long “a” sound is followed by a single consonant and then by the letter “e,” as in the word “cake” or “take.”

Using ”ay” Sound Pattern: This pattern is commonly used when the long “a” sound comes at the end of a word as in the word “play” or “say.”

Playing with sound families is very useful for young children learning to read and write.


I spy with my little eye….

Something beginning with the sound, ‘s’?

Show your child the photo and talk about what you can see together.

Be sure to say ‘sssss’ rather than ‘suh’.

Now, trying saying the sounds the in words below. Can your child select the correct item?

S / u / n

S / t / ar

S / ea / l

S / p / oo / n

S / ea / h / or / se


Children love to play with simple set ups. In the play set, the wooden dolls each have letter sounds on them. As children are engaged in small world play they can experience a world of letters.

✔️ Can you say the sound of the letter?
✔️ What can you think of that begins with the sound?
✔️ What is the letter sound called?
✔️ Can you find any letters from your name?
✔️ Can you create any three letter words?
✔️ Can you create any four letter words?


£20 per month plus postage or collection from Letchworth, Herts.

You receive four activities along with video instruction and voice note support.



So how much learning can take place from bead threading?

1. Phonics!
These beads have CVC words on them! Remember to sound out the words if needed.

2. Counting!
Simple 1 - 1 correspondence and how far can you count up to? Also, one more, one less, simple addition and subtraction. How many altogether?

3. Fine Motor Skills!
Did you know the way we thread beads is the same way we encourage children to hold a pencil? Bead threading will strengthen muscles ready to mark make and write!

4. Colour and Pattern Work!
Can you create a two or three colour pattern? Why is it a pattern? Concepts like colour, patterns and sequencing help to lay the foundation for later cognitive development.

5. Hand and Eye Coordination!
Threading encourages hand and eye coordination and concentration.

6. Problem Solving!
Threading beads can develop creativity and problem solving as children explore arrangements and designs.

7. Role Play!
Shall we make a necklace for [insert character]. Build upon this play idea. What else can the beads be used for in the play? Stacking, pattern making without the thread etc. Beads can be used effectively as loose parts play. Add in play characters such as farm animals etc.

8. Communication and Language!
Pronunciation of colours, taking turns in conversation, listening and attention are all key skills experienced during this activity if you are engaging with your child.

9. Perseverance!
Learning to thread beads can be tricky but very rewarding once mastered!

Come along and going the community for more ideas!
Family Fun Phonics


Let’s build and balance! Oh and whilst we do that we can read words too!

Family Fun Phonics is about the love of reading and it works like magic!

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‘Family Fun Phonics’ 1 - 1 sessions normally range between these times; 15mins, 30mins, 45mins to one full hour.

Yesterday, a lovely little home schooler absolutely loved a full two hours. Her mum messaged me after to say, “That was epic!”.

The session was full on, interactive, engaging and so much learning took place through PLAY and following the child’s interests. These sessions honestly work like magic and that is why they are so popular. 🌟

To find out more just send me a DM. I am currently fully booked for before and after school. There is due to be some availability open up around Easter. There some more daytime sessions due to be released for three year olds and home schoolers.

Spread the word amongst friends, as you can imagine these sessions go very quickly.

Cher Burton
Independent Early Years Advisor and Trainer
Owner of Family Fun Phonics


🎶 A Tisket, A Tasket 🎶

A lovely little game to help your child orally blend and segment sounds within words.

Say this rhyme with your child:
🎶 A tisket, a tasket, what’s in the basket? 🎶

Keep the toys in the basket and take it in turns to pull one out.

Can you sound out what it is?
How many sounds does the word have?

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