We use Jolly Phonics to teach the five key skills for reading and writing. The children begin learning Jolly Phonics in Junior Infants. It is a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. Each of the 42 letter sounds have a specific action which the children practise each day. The multi-sensory approach helps to reinforce the letter sounds. The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
There are seven groups of letter sounds >>
THE FIVE KEY SKILLS WHICH JOLLY PHONICS HELPS TO TEACH ARE.....
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. There is a song, an action and a story for each sound.
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters correctly.
Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Children are taught to identify the sounds in words.
Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO PHONICS GAMES TO PLAY AT HOME TO PRACTISE THE SOUNDS:
Balloon Phonics game
Letters & Sounds website
HERE ARE YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF THE SONGS FOR THE 7 GROUPS OF SOUNDS TO PRACTISE AT HOME: