Jolly Phonics Explained
LETTER SOUND ORDER
With Jolly Phonics the sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically) that makes learning the alphabet easy and fun. This enables children to begin building words as early as possible. The letter order is as follows:
1. s, a, t, i, p, n
2. ck, e, h, r, m, d
3. g, o, u, l, f, d
4. ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
5. z, w, ng, v, oo, oo
6. y, x, ch, sh, th, th
7. qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar
THE FIVE SKILLS TAUGHT IN JOLLY PHONICS ARE:
1.LEARNING THE LETTER SOUNDS
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. These include alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.
2.LEARNING LETTER FORMATION
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
4.IDENTIFYING THE SOUNDS IN WORDS (SEGMENTING)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
SEVERAL WAYS OF LEARNING TRICKY SPELLINGS:
- Look, cover, write and check. Look at the word to see which bit is tricky. Ask the child to try writing the word in the air saying the letters. Cover the word over and see if the child can write it correctly. Check to make sure.
- Mnemonics. The initial letter of each word in a saying gives the correct spelling of a word. For instance, “laugh” – Laugh at the Ugly Goat’s Hair.
- Say it as it sounds. Say the word so that each sound is heard. For instance, the word ‘what’ is said w-hat.