What is Jolly Phonics?
Jolly Phonics is a phonics program designed to teach children how to read and write using a systematic approach to teaching phonics. It was developed in the 1980s by British primary school teacher Sue Lloyd and her colleague, Chris Jolly.
The program teaches children to read and write using a set of 42 phonetic sounds (also called phonemes) and letter combinations, rather than teaching them to recognise whole words by sight.
The program includes a range of resources, including books, workbooks, flashcards, songs, and games, to help children learn phonics in a fun and engaging way. Jolly Phonics is used in primary schools around the world, particularly in the UK and Ireland, and has been shown to be effective in helping children learn to read and write.
Stages of Learning
The Jolly Phonics scheme is typically taught in six main phases. Here is an overview of each phase:
- Learning the letter sounds: In this phase, children learn the 42 letter sounds of the English language and how to form each letter shape correctly.
- Learning letter formation: In this phase, children learn how to form each letter shape correctly and practice writing letters.
- Blending: In this phase, children learn how to blend sounds together to read words. They start with simple, three-letter words and progress to longer words.
- Identifying sounds in words: In this phase, children learn how to identify individual sounds within words. For example, they might learn to identify the first sound in the word “cat” as “c”.
- Tricky words: In this phase, children learn to read and write words that don’t follow the usual phonetic rules, such as “the” and “said”.
- Advanced phonics: In this final phase, children learn more complex phonics rules, such as different ways to spell the same sound, and how to use prefixes and suffixes to change the meaning of words.
Jolly Phonics Resources
Jolly Phonics Activity Books 1-7 are a set of books designed to help children learn phonics skills through fun and interactive activities.
The Jolly Phonics Activity Books 1-7 cover a range of phonics skills, from learning individual letter sounds to blending and segmenting words. The activities include tracing and writing letters, matching sounds and letters, and reading and spelling words.
The Jolly Phonics program is popular in many schools and is used by parents who want to support their child’s early reading and writing development at home.
Jolly Phonics Little Word Books is a set of 12 small books designed to help children practise blending and reading CVC words. Each book focuses on a specific set of phonemes and includes several words containing those phonemes. The books also include a few sight words to help children expand their vocabulary. The books are color-coded to match the different sets of Jolly Phonics flashcards, making it easy to use them in conjunction with other Jolly Phonics materials.
The Jolly Phonics Cards is a set of 4 sets of flashcards designed to help children learn phonics sounds and the corresponding letter formations. The flashcards are presented in precursive letters, which are commonly used in the UK and other countries as the first style of handwriting taught to young children. The four sets include: Group 1-3 letter sounds, Group 4-5 letter sounds, Alternative letter sounds and tricky words and Vowel digraphs and trigraphs
Jolly Phonics Letter Sound Strips are a set of cards designed to help children learn the letter sounds in a fun and interactive way. The cards feature the 42 letter sounds of the English language, as well as alternative spellings for some sounds.
Each card shows the letter or letters that make the sound, an illustration to help children remember the sound and the Jolly Phonics action for the sound. They are designed for use in the classroom or at home and are suitable for children aged 4-7. The cards can be used for a variety of activities, such as sound recognition games and word-building exercises.
The Jolly Phonics Readers, Inky & Friends, Level 1 is a set of 18 decodable books designed for children who are just starting to learn phonics.
Each book introduces new phonemes and tricky words and is designed to be read in sequence.
The Jolly Phonics Readers, Inky & Friends, Level 1 is part of the Jolly Phonics Readers Complete Set Level 1, which includes 60 books in total. The set is suitable for use in the classroom or at home, and is designed to help children build confidence and fluency in reading.
The Jolly Phonics Handbook is a comprehensive guidebook for teachers and parents using the Jolly Phonics program. It provides a detailed overview of the program and how to teach phonics using a multi-sensory approach.
The handbook includes step-by-step guidance on teaching each letter sound, blending sounds to read words, segmenting words to spell them, and teaching tricky words.
The Jolly Phonics Workbooks 1-7: In Print, Letters is a set of seven workbooks designed for children learning to read and write using Jolly Phonics. The workbooks follow the Jolly Phonics program and are structured to teach children the 42 letter sounds of English in a systematic and fun way.
Each workbook covers a different set of letter sounds and includes activities such as tracing letters, matching words to pictures, and writing words and sentences. The workbooks also include guidance for parents and teachers on how to use the materials effectively to support children’s learning.
Finger Phonics Books 1-7 are a set of board books designed to help young children learn phonics. The books are in Precursive Letters (British English edition) and are ideal for parents, teachers and caregivers who want to teach phonics to children aged 3-5. The set includes 7 board books, each with a different focus on letter sounds and corresponding actions, including letter formation and blending. The books feature colourful illustrations and engaging activities to make phonics fun and interactive for young children.
Jolly Songs is a book of songs and rhymes designed to support the teaching of phonics through a fun and interactive approach. It is part of the Jolly Phonics program and includes songs for each of the 42 letter sounds, as well as additional songs to reinforce concepts such as blending and tricky words.
The book includes musical notation, actions for each song, and guidance on how to use the songs to support phonics teaching. The Precursive Letters edition is written in the handwriting style commonly used in the UK.
The Jolly Phonics Picture Flash Cards are a set of cards featuring pictures of words that can be used to support the teaching of phonics. The cards are designed to be used in conjunction with the Jolly Phonics program and are aligned with the phonics sounds and letter formations taught in the program. The set includes 60 cards, each featuring a picture and the corresponding word printed in precursive letters. The cards are designed to help children learn to recognise and associate sounds with letters and words, as well as to build their vocabulary and improve their reading and writing skills.
The Jolly Phonics Orange Level Readers Complete Set includes 18 decodable readers that are designed for children who are starting to read independently. The books feature the characters of Inky Mouse and her friends, and the stories are engaging and fun. The set also includes a teaching guide with helpful tips and ideas for using the books to support phonics. The books are written in precursive letters, which is a type of handwriting commonly used in the UK. The set is intended for children who have completed the Jolly Phonics program and have a good understanding of phonics and letter sounds.
The Jolly Phonics Tricky Word Wall Flowers are a set of cards that are used to help children learn tricky words. These cards feature colourful flowers with different tricky words written on them, along with illustrations to help children remember the words.
The cards are designed to be displayed on a wall and can be used as a reference tool for children as they learn to read and write. The cards are in pre-cursive letters, which is a writing style that is commonly used in the UK. The Jolly Phonics Tricky Word Wall Flowers are a popular tool for teachers and parents who are teaching young children to read and write.
The Jolly Phonics Resources CD is a CD-ROM that contains a range of teaching resources for use in teaching phonics. It includes printable flashcards, activity sheets, and games that can be used to reinforce phonics concepts. The CD also includes audio files of the songs and other teaching materials that can be used to support phonics instruction. The resources are designed to be used in conjunction with the Jolly Phonics program and are suitable for use in schools and at home.
The Jolly Phonics Readers, Complete Set Level 1 is a collection of 18 books that aim to teach children to read by introducing them to synthetic phonics in a structured and engaging way. The books are designed to be used alongside the Jolly Phonics program and correspond to the 42 letter sounds that are taught in the program.
Each book focuses on a specific letter sound, blending sounds together to form simple words and sentences. The stories feature a group of animal friends, including Inky the Mouse, Snake and Bee, who have fun adventures while teaching children to read. The books are in precursive letters, which are letters that are joined together and are designed to help children develop their reading and writing skills.
Magnetic Letters are a set of colourful magnetic letters designed for use with the Jolly Phonics program. These letters are in precursive letters, which is a cursive handwriting style used in the Jolly Phonics program. The set includes both upper and lower case letters, as well as vowel and consonant digraphs, such as sh, ch, th, ai, ee.
The Jolly Dictionary is a resource book for children that helps them to develop their vocabulary and language skills. It is part of the Jolly Learning system, which is designed to teach phonics and grammar to young learners. The Jolly Dictionary is written in precursive letters (British English edition) and is illustrated to make it more engaging for children.
It includes over 6,000 words, each with a simple definition and an example sentence, as well as spelling and grammar rules. It is a useful tool for both teachers and parents who want to support children in their language-learning journey.
The “Jolly Phonics Bumper Book of Phonics Fun” is a comprehensive activity book for children learning to read and write using the Jolly Phonics method. It includes over 100 fun and engaging activities, such as colouring, matching, tracing, and word puzzles, designed to help children practise their phonics skills in a creative and enjoyable way.
The book covers all of the sounds and spellings taught in the Jolly Phonics program and is suitable for children aged 4-7. It is a perfect resource for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers looking for extra phonics practice for their children.