How to teach children jolly phonics

Written by melanie fleury
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Jolly Phonics is a phonics program that is based upon learning 42 sounds on the English language. This is different from many phonics programs that focus on the 26 letters of the alphabet. Most phonics programs place a high importance on first learning the letter names and then the sounds that each letter makes. Jolly Phonics does not value letter identification as much as it does actual sound. Jolly Phonics addresses all types of learners and adapts the curriculum to address the varying needs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Gather one groups of sounds for the days lessons. You will need an entire group of lessons. The 42 sounds are separated into groups of 7. There are a total of 6 groups. They are grouped to avoid confusion and to follow the sequence of development. For instance, b and d are easily confused; they are in different groups. Prepare your materials to begin teaching the first section.

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    Read the story that goes with the sound that you are teaching. Each sound is accompanied by a storybook that uses the sound repeatedly. Read the story to your student, making sure to enunciate on the sound you are trying to teach. This is a good tool for your auditory students, those who learn by hearing.

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    Provide crayons and corresponding lesson sheets for the children to colour. Each sound has at least one colouring sheet that goes with it. This is helpful for children who are visual as well as kinesthetic. Visual children will enjoy seeing the letter, and kinesthetic learners will love the action of being able to colour it.

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    Mimic the action of that sound. Each sound also has an activity that should be performed for that sound. Kinesthetic learners learn by doing; having an activity is a great way to cement that sound into the students' heads.

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    Complete one group in a one-week time period. Jolly Phonics recommends doing a unit in one week. A unit is seven sounds or one of the groups of six letters.

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    Blend sounds together. Once all 42 sounds are learnt, you can begin blending the sounds together. Let your child read signs and practice blending sounds together. Read lots of books; practice blending. The more you expose your child to sounds and written words, the more he will want to be a reader.

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