One of the co-authors of the Jolly Phonics programme, Sara Wernham, features in this month’s Teach Primary magazine with a fun activity to introduce suffixes and prefixes!
The ‘suffishes’ are made up of two parts:
A selection of root words are written on the fish body (e.g. talk, clap, kind).
A selection of suffixes are written on the fish tails (e.g. ness, ed, ing).
Click the image below to read the full lesson plan in the magazine!Blog
Jolly Trainer Silvana Serbanescu has been busy in Romania with a very Jolly radio advert!
You can listen to the full advert – that aired on Radio Guerrilla – below, with a translation into English!
Is the sky the same every day? Are mice just as interesting as elephants? Is there only one correct way of eating a delicious chocolate cake with vanilla topping?
There is diversity in the world for sure, and Jolly Star is hereby inviting you all to understand it and benefit from it together. I’m Silvana Serbanescu, Jolly Learning Trainer and Educational Manager of Jolly Star Learning Centre, and together with my team of whole-hearted teachers I’m bringing you this news: that any child can be a skilful user of the English language on the condition that they’ve got key methods in place and ready to use. With the help of Inky, Snake and Bee, they can understand whilst playing with and making sense of how the language works as a code that can be broken down for everyone.
Find out more about our inspirational programme on www.jollystar.ro, on the Jolly Star Learning Centre Facebook page or invite us in to your school so you too can see the difference.
Silvana (on the left of the photo): “What I did not have time to say in a 30 second radio spot is that the Jolly Learning programme is so amazingly consistent with the needs of today’s children. Obviously, teaching reading and writing in English can no longer be done in the traditional way, with chalk and talk, according the the jug and mug metaphor. We taught language for so long as a jigsaw puzzle hoping that, by magic, some time, the pieces would fit together. By taking this fractured approach, mainly because of an uninspiring, nationwide curriculum, we’ve taught a lot of kids to read yet not to actually want to read.
“With Jolly Learning, the teacher is not essentially an explainer, but moves towards becoming an involver. This interactive, whole-class experience is undoubtedly more efficient than traditional teaching where the learner is passive and receptive. It encourages children’s interest, their curiosity, exploration and inquiry; it allows children to make meaningful choices and appeals to a great range of learning styles (visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social, etc).
“As a teacher, once I create a wide range of learning opportunities in my classes, I can give more space for my learners to do things and discover things on their own. Thus, children become more aware about how they are learning. Their everyday acquisition is constructed over the foundations of their own earlier learning.”
Posted on February 15, 2017Categories: Blog
‘Jolly Phonics is truly one of the best gifts that I have been given as an educator’
When the Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, Arizona, started using Jolly Phonics, they – like many other schools across America – were stunned at the phenomenal success they started enjoying. Indeed, Jaki Ivins, the Head of Lower School, stated that the subsequent years ‘were filled with many extraordinary moments of seeing my four-year-old students find joy in being able to decode and write, moments that filled my heart with deep professional satisfaction.’
Furthermore, we’re delighted to announce that schools across America can also enjoy success with the programme by attending one of our 100% FREE Jolly Phonics Training Seminars! Running this June across 11 states, we are running 12 fantastic training seminars so that educators across the country can find out more about this programme – click here to find out more! We’d love to see you there!Posted on January 19, 2017Categories: Blog
John Dabell from Teach Reading and Writing reviews The Grammar 6 Handbook. Read more here.
“The content of the handbook is designed to extend and polish children’s understanding of grammar and introduces them to new elements. It teaches new spelling patterns, supports the greater understanding of sentence structure, expands vocabulary and comprehension, and cultivates dictionary and thesaurus skills.”
Posted on November 1, 2016Categories: Blog