At each Cuddles Childcare Centre, whether you live in Cannington, Wattle Grove or any Perth suburb, we offer Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics is a system that teaches your child how to read and write by using the 42 letter sounds instead of the 26 letters of the alphabet. It uses animated characters such as Inky Mouse, Snake and Bee to make learning fun for children.
Jolly Phonics teaches five skills: learning letter sounds, learning letter formation, blending, segmenting or identifying sounds in words and tricky words. We are going to give you a detailed description of each skill here on our Cuddles Childcare Centres blog. This month’s skill is learning the letter formation.
Letter Formation Made Easy
The first skill in learning to form letters is to hold the pencil the right way. We teach the “tripod” grip, which consists of holding the pencil between the first two fingers and the thumb. We recommend the same grip for all children, whether left-handed or right-handed. This is extremely important for one reason: if the child learns to hold the pencil the wrong way, it is much more difficult to correct later.
Jolly Phonics starts with the letter “C,” because it is a basic shape which shows up in many of the other letters. Jolly Phonics teaches fundamentals such as writing the “o” anti-clockwise as opposed to clockwise and starting the pencil in the middle of a “d” instead of the top. With “m” and “n,” it teaches to start with an initial downstroke.
Why This Method?
The reason the letters are taught the way they are is to make it easier for the children when they begin to learn cursive writing in school. Cursive writing makes it quicker and easier to write while also helping spelling due to words being written in one integrated movement. A lot of the letters are taught with a joining tail or “ending stroke” that leads to easier cursive writing.
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