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
By Olubusola Eshiet
“In your PhD thesis I was struck by your references to teenage and adult non-readers.” He continued, “I would be very interested in taking this further with a proposal.” And Chris Jolly’s proposal?
“We would take a group of non-reading older pupils and train them to be 1:1 mentors of children in the middle/late primary school who are themselves struggling to read. This will give dignity to the older pupils, a reason to get to grips with the teaching in the Jolly Phonics Extra, and it will overcome the younger illustration style. The overall effect expected is that both older and younger pupils will learn to read.”
Is this an offer or a challenge? Whichever way, I couldn’t resist this. Yes, this should work. We have trialled several projects and often, even the seeming impossible became possible. Surely, I was up for this new adventure. We went about seeking a school where they will allow us try this new resource. That didn’t take long; the Jolly Phonics Extra Kit is fun and full of adventure. Who wouldn’t want to try it? What school head would say ‘no’ to a programme that would raise the reading level of their struggling readers? Besides, we had introduced Jolly Phonics to the school several years ago. This brought much improvement to the pupils and was an additional selling point for the school.
Approvals received, we set to work immediately. Keen to know what effect the JP Extra Kit will have, we started off with Burt tests of 20 selected pupils- selected by their teachers as being struggling readers. Tests done, we selected the poorest 5 in the higher classes and the same number in the lower classes. As none of them knew the sounds of the English language, it was fair to give the older ones training in the sounds so using Jolly Phonics extra Kit, we taught them the first five groups of sounds as rapidly as possible. And as for the ‘childish materials’, they were not really for these senior pupils, no, the pupils were learning to use them more importantly so that they can assist the teacher in teaching some little ones who didn’t know how to read. The older pupils set to work with great excitement. They had fun discovering all that the talking pen could do. They loved listening to the stories, searching for answers to the questions, blending and reading along with the pen and thoroughly enjoyed singing along. Before long, they were attempting to read the Readers and they found out that they were reading!
It was then time to introduce the younger buddies to the older ones. The older ones were very happy to become teachers and they immediately assumed responsibility for teaching the younger pupils how to read. It became a bonding experience for them. You would find the buddies sitting together on one chair even though there were enough seats for each person. The older ones became not only teachers but also friends. They would hold the hands of the younger ones over the talking pen and guide them through the exercises. The younger ones also soon began to read. Their joy was apparent.
After 3 months of learning with the Jolly Phonics Extra Kit, it was time to fold up the study and of course, time for an exit test. The average gain in reading age was 14 months with one of the pupils making a gain of 43 months in a 3-month long intervention!
The Buddies are the envy of other pupils. The class teacher for the younger pupils wished all her pupils were part of the trial. Parents begged us to allow their children into the class. The pupils are now happier and more confident readers.
Here are some comments from pupils, parents and teachers:
“I am happy I can now read long words” (Pupil who made the greatest gain)
”My neighbour’s son who could not read at all is reading very well now. Can my son join too or could you come to my house to teach him.” (A Parent whose child is in the secondary school)”
“I will like all my pupils to be part of the learning so that they can be at the same reading pace in the class. (Class teacher primary 2)
“I will like to buy this pack for teaching my children. My pupils in class have improved in reading.”(Class teacher)
JP Extra kit has a lot of benefits for teachers and pupils. Studying independently for pupils becomes easier and their understanding of blending skills becomes faster. Teacher explains less. Also, it gives room for the pupils who lag behind to catch up with the others without much teacher input. This means ‘catch up’ activities require much less time from the teacher.
There is rapid improvement when poor readers use the Jolly Phonics Extra Kit.
Posted on November 20, 2015Categories: Blog
We are delighted to announce that the Jolly Phonics Lessons app is now available to download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets, completely for FREE! There are several optional, in-app purchases – but with so much content for free, make sure you don’t miss it!