Reading: Children are taught to read by blending the letter sounds in regular words, for example 'p-i-n' is 'pin'. This book provides words that are uitable for blending practice, including words made using the Jolly Phonics groups:
Group 1: 's, a, t, I, p, n'. Group 2: 'c, k, e, h, r, m, d'. Group 3: 'g, o, u, l, f, b'.
When reading words with initial consonant blends, children should blend the consonants first, for example 'pl-u-m' and not 'p-l-u-m'.
Digraphs: In English there are over 40 letter sounds but only 26 letters, This means that digraphs (where two letters make one sound) are used, for xample the 'sh' in 'fish'. It is important for children to blend words which contain digraphs.
Writing: The man skill for writing is being able to hear the sounds in words and knowing how to write the appropriate letter(s) for those sounds. 'Dog' is ade of 'd-o-g', for example. Children need practice in writing regular words. The words in the first column of each page are particularly suitable for dictation.
Tricky words: The 'tricky words' are keywords that are either phonically irregular, or difficult for children to learn to spell. As a result, they have to be learned by heart. Once children can read a tricky word, they will be able to remember the spelling more easily if they repeat the letter names as they write the word.