One of the programs of which we are the most proud at any Cuddles Childcare Centre in Perth is Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics is an approach to teaching literacy which is child-centred and a lot of fun for the participants. It teaches literacy by creating synthetic phonics. Each of the 42 different letter sounds has a corresponding action.
The 42 letter sounds are split into seven groups of six sounds each. The sounds are taught in a specific order that allows the children to begin forming words from the sounds as soon as possible. Jolly Phonics is a method for teaching what its creators see as the five basic skills of reading and writing. As the child attends primary school, Jolly Phonics is used to teach the essentials of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Here are the five stills of reading and writing.
Learning the Sounds of the Letters
The 42 sounds are broken into single letter sounds and digraphs, which are sounds that contain two letters such as “th.”
Learning How to Form the Letter
The next skill is learning how to form or write the letter. This is taught using different sensory methods so that no kind of learner is “left out.”
This teaches children to combine or “blend” letters together to form entire words for both reading and writing.
Identifying Sounds in Words
The child is given a word and asked to identify the sounds that are in it. This is a precursor to spelling.
Words that aren’t spelled as they should be or not pronounced as they are spelled are called “tricky words.” They are learned separately so that the children don’t get confused by them. The label “tricky words” is very helpful in reminding them that the regular “rules” don’t apply.
For more information on how Jolly Phonics can give your child a “head start” on primary school, call any Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area or fill out our online contact form.