The Jolly Phonics Workbooks teach progressively,
with more to learn in each Workbook.
Progress can be assessed on the following skills checklist:
Recognizes the first six sounds
- s, a, t, I, p, n.
Can blend simple words.
Holds pencil correctly.
Can write the first six sounds
- s, a, t, I, p, n.
Can hear the beginning sound of a word.
▶ Further Guidance
Page 1. Write your Name.
This is an important skill for a young child.
At first, write it on the page for copying.
Use a capital at the beginning only.
Page 2-13. Sounds.
Learning the sounds is the first step in reading.
Be sure to introduce each one by its sound, not its name.
So s needs to be sss, not sss, and a needs to be the a in ant,
not the ai as in aim.
Each sound has a storyline to introduce the sound
- which cam be fun to elaborate on.
The actions on these pages enable the child to remember
the sound more easily.
It is important that the sound is recognized easily,
and can be saud quickly.
The Letter Shapes.
It is important that the chuld learns the correct formation
rather than simply producing letters
with the correct final appearance.
It is also better if the child learns to put an ;exut stroke' or
' joining tail'
at the end of letters such an n, d, etc, (so n, d, not n, d).
This help the transfer to joined-up writing (cursive)
when the time comes.
The Jolly Phonics Workbooks have letters with exit strokes.
Page 16. Left to Right practice.
English is written, and read, from left to right.
When you are reading stories to the child try asking
where the writing starts,
and which way it goes.
Page 14,16,18,20. Pencil control.
Good pencil control leads to good handwriting.
Page 15, 17, 19, 20, Hearing the first sound in words.
The game of I-Spy also helps with hearing the first sound in words
- and is good for playing on car journeys.
Page 22. Blending.
(Saying the sounds and hearing the word).
Some children find this difficult, but with practice they will be able to
hear the words.
At first you will have to sound out each word and say it for them.
A little and ofren is best.
The reason that the sound of each letter is taught first, not its name,
is to make this blending easier.
Page 23. Numbers.
The Jolly Phonics Workbooks also introduce the numbers.
Althought they do not require specific phonics skills,
do need correct formation and many of their names have irregular
or 'tricky' spellings, which are aspects included in these Workbooks.