One of our favourite activities at Cuddles Childcare Centres is Jolly Phonics. Parents all over the Perth and Wattle Grove area are impressed and happy with some of the results we get. Better yet, it’s so much fun for the children that they feel like they’re playing instead of working. So, what is Jolly Phonics and how does it work?
Jolly Phonics is a novel way to teach children how to read and write. It uses sounds called synthetic phonics to teach children what letters sound like. The method uses all of the senses, which is particularly helpful in ensuring that those who are audio, visual or tactile learners are all included in the learning process.
Children use the letter sounds that they learn to read and write words. Constant positive feedback and encouragement are key concepts in the teaching of Jolly Phonics. Children respond well to encouragement and positive feedback and it helps keep the process fun for the children and teachers.
The Five Foundations
Jolly Phonics develops five fundamental skills for writing and reading. First, the child learns the sounds of the letters. Then, they learn how to form the letters. Blending the sounds and letters is next, followed by identifying the sounds in words. Last is learning how to spell “tricky words”: words that don’t follow the rules.
Jolly Phonics has put together and made available storybooks that they call “The Jolly Readers.” They are a series of fun stories that require progressively more knowledge to read. Children love to read and tell stories; The Jolly Readers make learning to read fun for children and motivate them to continue learning.
Independent studies indicate that children who use Jolly Phonics for a year develop reading skills that are at least a year beyond their age. Boys and girls do equally well with Jolly Phonics.
To learn more about Jolly Phonics and our other programs, contact us today.