At every Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area, we offer Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics teaches children the basics of reading in a fun, efficient way. Children who are exposed to Jolly Phonics before they enter school are far more equipped to learn reading and writing than those who haven’t used Jolly Phonics.
While there are 26 letters in the alphabet, there are 42 letter sounds. These sounds are divided into seven groups of six sounds each. Some of the sounds are written with one letter, but many are written with two letters. These two-letter combinations are called “digraphs.” Some digraphs, such as “oo” or “th,” can make two different sounds, as in “moon” and “book” or “three” and “that.” The digraphs are written in two different forms for the different sounds.
Teaching the Sounds
Each sound is paired with an action to help the children remember the combination of letters that is used to represent that sound. This combines visual, audio and tactile learning for each letter sound, helping students learn no matter what kind of learner they are. As the child gains experience, they are able to identify the sound and do the action as you point to the letters.
Most children are able to learn one letter sound per day. Once they have fully learned the sound, the action is no longer needed.
One important tenet of Jolly Phonics: children should learn the letter sound instead of the name. For example, the letter “a” is pronounced as it would be in “ant,” not as it would be in “aim.” The letter “n” is pronounced “nn” instead of “en.” This may sound esoteric, but it is important when the skill of “blending” comes into play.
We will explain the other skills of Jolly Phonics in the coming months.
For more information on Jolly Phonics or to arrange for child care, contact any Cuddles Childcare Centre. We cater to nearby locations as well, including Wattle Grove.