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Jolly Phonics Lessons

Submitted by Julia (09-11-2012)

Jolly Phonics Lessons

by Julia
(South Australia)

Hi Donna,

Our school has always been a THRASS school from R-7, which I think has been great for most of the students, as I firmly believe in the whole reading and spelling program that THRASS offers.

However, last year some of the junior primary teachers showed an interest in Jolly Phonics in order to work intensely on phonological awareness especially in those first crucial weeks when children are just starting school.

This year we have all embraced it and although many of us are still THRASS fans from way back and will continue to use that program with older students, we recognise and understand how Jolly Phonics works and how it will benefit our newer students.

It seems to me that the program will work best, depending on the knowledge and skill of the instructor. I realise that resources can be purchased and our school is in the process of doing that now.

However, I wondered if you have or if you will be making any resources for J/P? I would be interested to hear from other J/Ps users who are teaching the program and may have any innovative lesson ideas to share.

Thank you.

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Anonymous (27-10-2012)

Dear Julia
If you go onto www.jollylearning.co.uk , you will find some helpful ideas and resources under 'Jolly resources.'

You can also email Chris Jolly at chris@jollylearning.co.uk. The staff is extremely helpful and resourceful.

Anonymous (10-09-2012)

I was a converted THRASS educator! I still believe in many aspects of THRASS. However, my now 12 year old son, who was taught to read and spell the THRASS way, is a terrible speller. Along with many other students from the same era. As a now Jolly Phonics fan, I see where the faults are with THRASS. JP is very clear in terms of the how and why. I love the stages and all the fun and exciting resources that go with it.

Jen (01-05-2012)

This year I have a 2/3 class with SLI. I use counters placed on a card with 5 sections (mine are caterpillars made out of circles) and the students sound out the words and place a counter for each sound. e.g. sh-ou-t (3 sounds). It helps them identify and remember digraphs.
Thanks for the poem Lee, I'd forgotten that : )

Jenny (30-04-2012)

An interesting app I found that has helping my little one ( age 3)


Phonics Basics so easy.

Lib (04-06-2011)

We have interactive white boards in all our prep classrooms. If you google jolly phonics you will get the songs. Phase two is the single sounds. The children love to sing along to these jingles. Just doing this 2 or 3 times a week will have them singing them in no time. We have all the resources at our school and teach each sound explictly, but I also use other things to reinforce the sounds. My prep children are writing sentences using their knowledge of letters and sounds.

Lee (14-05-2011)

This is my fourth year teaching Jolly Phonics and I love the program. I introduce digraphs by explaining that although there are two letters they join together to make one sound. When introducing digraphs using two vowels I use the poem when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking and says its name. I also circle the digraph to emphasise it when blending simple words or I tell them that even though there is, for example four letters there are three sounds eg b oa t. I hope this helps.

Jen (30-04-2011)

I use Jolly Phonics for my year 1 and 2 students who have SLI. They respond very well to this multi-sensory program. I ONLY introduce single sounds to my year 1's in first term and concentrate on blending and manipulating sounds within words until they are confident. e.g. Using first 6 letters in Jolly Phonics SATPIN- Say "pin" now take away the "p" and say "t"- TIN
Also discriminating final sounds in words etc.
Will be interesting to see if we get a national curriculum - as I believe Pre-primary students in W.A. are expected to learn initial sounds but certainly not digraphs or blends. Most of my students are delayed but JF has certainly helped them to retain letter sounds.

Lyn (04-04-2011)

I have found lots of ideas and inspiration by checking out other synthetic phonics websites, such as Get Reading Right, and ReadWriteInc, as they include some free resources you can adapt. They also have short training videos demonstrating how they teach various skills and these give great ideas.
Speld SA sells a CD rom with resource pictures for Jolly Phonics to help teachers put resources together. Google Speld SA for the website, and you can order on line. You can also download the simple books they have made for each sound group.

Donna (30-03-2011)

Hi Julia

I am afraid we not able to make resources promoting use with certain commercial products such as Jolly Phonics as understandably, they come under very strong 'copyright' regulations.

Thanks Julia

Anonymous (25-03-2011)

I HAVE HAD TO SWITCH from dianna rigg to jolly phonics. how on earth do i introduce c/k at the same time...

Sue (19-03-2011)

There are some great resources to be found from the UK. If you GOOGLE Letters and Sounds Resources it will take you to the program they use there which follows a very similar sequence to that of Jolly Phonics....

Sandy (18-03-2011)

I have been using Jolly Phonics for 7 years now. It is a wonderful program and I have had great success with it. The most valuable resource that I have made is the blending board that is described in the manual. I used a large art canvas and attached strips of cardboard to hold the letters - attached with strong book binding tape. My kindergarten children start blending words after we have learnt the 1st three sounds. I have also started using the IWB program this year and love it!

Kellie (18-03-2011)

Google: communication 4 all, or Bev Evans. She has a site with lots of J/P resources

Chloe (17-03-2011)

Yes please I would love some resources! We have just started this week in preschool. We have just been learning the songs and doing the actions I have found that we have needed to reinforce the letter and sound after we have sung the song. Perhaps having all the flashcard letters on an a4 sheet would be useful as we let the children choose the songs they would like to sing as part of a separate group time. Maybe a bingo set, tracing page, flashcards could be useful.

Bronwyn (17-03-2011)


I have also used THRASS, but for the last few years have used Jolly Phonics as it is so well suited to the Junior years.
The Jolly Phonics resources are great and I use some of them, but I like to use K-3 website to make up other resources as I need them. I simply use the Jolly Phonics Handbook and the training available. The Handbook gives you the principles you need to follow and any resource can be adapted to fit within this guideline. This is the same for the Jolly Grammar (for year 1 & 2). The structure and repetition gives a great grounding for young students. I highly recommend the Jolly Phonics system as it seems to suit many learning styles and the children progress quickly into independent literacy learners.

Jo (17-03-2011)

We too have started using this program - I have year ones so we are doing Jolly Grammar. I would LOVE some resources or ideas to support this program also!!

Anonymous (17-03-2011)

How do people present the digraphs IN JOLLY PHONICS to "prep" aged children?? Love the single sounds but finding some of the younger ones are drawing a blank on the 'ie', 'ai' etc


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