In every Cuddles Childcare Centre, we offer Jolly Phonics. Children from Vic Park and other Perth suburbs have so much fun they don’t even see it as “learning.” So, what makes Jolly Phonics so much fun for children? It uses cartoon characters that children can relate to, such as Bee, Snake and Inky Mouse. There are songs for each of the 42 letter sounds that are fun for the children to sing.
Most of all, Jolly Phonics is easy for children. They don’t feel like they are working as hard as they do in a traditional “learning by rote” environment. There are five essential skills in Jolly Phonics: learning the letter sounds, learning letter formation, blending, identifying those sounds in words and “tricky words” that don’t “play by the rules.”
In our continuing series, we would like to explain blending.
Blending: the Third Essential Skill of Jolly Phonics
Once the letter sounds have been learned and children know how to form them, the next step is to put those sounds together, one after another. A simple example is to spell d-o-g and turn the sounds into the word dog. This technique is one that every child eventually learns, even in traditional learning. Jolly Phonics makes it easier and more fun.
As children get more practice, they become more adept at blending the sounds to form words. Jolly Phonics supplies a list of three letter words to start with. As children become more adept at blending, they can go to words consisting of progressively more letters. In Jolly Phonics, many of the diaphs or letter sounds cover combinations of two letters, such as ch or st.
Blending can be difficult, especially in traditional teaching, but Jolly Phonics makes it so much fun that children don’t suffer the frustration when trying to learn reading and writing in the traditional manner.
Jolly Phonics is just one of many activities we offer. Contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre to learn more.