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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is an amazing method for teaching children to read and write. It is aimed primarily at reception, but can be used with older children too.

It moves away from teaching young children 1 sound each week. You go fast, a sound a day, and they learn fast! It also moves away from teaching ABC. It actually teaches the 42 main sounds of the English language in a specific order which research shows enables children to build words faster. Basically, you start by teaching them s, a, t, i, p and n in the first six days. You can actually make about 40 words from these letters...


Have a go! How many can you make?

What I love about it is that it is multi-sensory, so appeals to the different kinds of learners in your class. Therefore, it works well with more of the children. Each sound has a story and an action and there is a specific way of pronouncing each sound too which makes it easier to blend them into words. No more 'nuh'. 'muh' etc. You say nnnnnnn - one long sound, keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth. This makes it much easier for the children.

This also helps greatly if you, as I do, work with ESL children from countries with known pronounciation problems, such as r and l.

If you would like to know more about it, check out their website at

I am also a trainer for them in the Asia region, so email me if you would like help. advice or to arrange some INSET for your school.

I have made a lot of resources to use with this, which I would be happy to share. If anyone can tell me how I can upload Word, Publisher and PowerPoint files on to here, that is what I would like to do. If not, email me for them




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