Sadia, a teacher from Canada is trained in Montessori Education from Association Montessori Internationale in Toronto. She has a wide breadth of knowledge and international experience within the teaching sector and runs a learning centre called Jolly Good Learning. Here, she teaches Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar, Creative Writing and Mathematics. Her students range from the very young to anyone who wishes to learn. Through her experience with Jolly Phonics she has seen tremendous transformation in children and adults alike, especially those with an ESL background.
An avid educationalist and traveller, Sadia offers trainings to individuals and organisations, both nationally and internationally. Her trainings are informative, animated and interactive resulting in confident and trained Jolly Phonics teachers.
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Svetlana Golubeva has devoted her life teaching English as a foreign language to children and adults. Since finding Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar she has achieved amazing results with her current students. They were able to achieve highest scores in their state, international exams as well as Advanced Awards Competitions.
She has graduated from Saint Petersburg State University with a distinction in MA English Language. Her portfolio includes world recognized certifications such as TKT, CPE Cambridge Certificate in English and she has been Cambridge ESOL examiner.
Since joining Jolly Phonics team, she has been travelling to many cities in Russia, visiting schools, sharing experience, giving seminars and meeting head teachers and government officials as Jolly Phonics coordinator in Russia.
Stella is a graduate teacher from the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina. She has been teaching English for over 25 years to children and adolescents. She has developed EFL classroom projects at both private and state institutions. She works at AACI Certificates (Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa) as an exams developer and she is a Cambridge English Speaking Examiner.
When she came across Jolly Phonics it was ‘love at first sight’. She took part in a pilot experience that was being carried out in some state schools in Buenos Aires in 2014. Since then, she has been applying the Jolly Phonics programme in all her classes with excellent results. She has also spread the word about the benefits of the synthetic phonics method at different lectures.
Stella currently works as a teacher trainer at the government’s professional training centre in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires where she coaches other English teachers on how to use the synthetic phonics method.
You can see recordings of Stella’s students reading words and short texts on her YouTube Channel The Reading Corner.
Gisel graduated as an English Teacher at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico. She has taught children, teens and adults for over 18 years. She started using Jolly Phonics in 2013 in primary state schools in the city of Buenos Aires. She saw a huge change in her students as regards their reading and writing skills as well as their pronunciation and comprehension of texts. She has trained teachers on this method at private and state schools for two years now.
Roxana is a graduate Primary School Teacher and Sworn Translator and has been teaching in both state and private schools and translating for many companies for the past 25 years within Buenos Aires. She has ruled over her own School of Language, Leighton Institute since 1997 and has been the head of the English Department at Adveniat Secondary School since 2015.
Roxana first began to use Jolly Phonics in her teaching in 2013, after becoming involved in a Jolly Phonics pilot project for six state schools in Buenos Aires. The results of using Jolly Phonics was a turning point in Roxana’s professional life. She now feels that her students look forward to their English lessons as they are attractive, fun and more memorable, in turn the students have more confidence and have a complete understanding of what they are reading and writing. Before Jolly Phonics Roxana felt there was something missing and with Jolly Phonics the students have the necessary tools to read and write in English.
Roxana sees a big difference working with synthetic phonics and is convinced of the success in using Jolly Phonics. For that reason she would like to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
Khooshi is a Clinical Psychologist and a counsellor by profession from Mumbai. She is running a learning institute in the name of WISE (Smart Edutainment) for the last 11 years in Ghatkopar and Bhandup. WISE teaches over 125 children every year through the two branches with Jolly Phonics. Khooshi has been using phonics in her teaching since 2005 and after being introduced to Jolly Phonics in 2010, she began to use more and more of this method until it became fully integrated in her teaching.
Khooshi has conducted several workshops on Jolly Phonics for individuals, pre-schools, international schools, young mothers and teachers. She holds regular training in Hyderabad, Baroda, Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore.
“Jolly Phonics, being a multi-sensory programme provides an enriching environment among children, parents and teachers.”
Preeti graduated from Somaiya College and she is a certified holder of Early Childhood Education and has been in the education sector for 18 years. Preeti felt saddened to see children struggling in their reading and writing so she decided to use phonic methodology in her teaching. Implementing Jolly Phonics in her classes gave Preeti tremendous results, her students became excellent readers and creative writers. After seeing the results from using Jolly Phonics, Preeti founded the Star Kids Phonetic and Grammar Workshop centre in 2009, which has since given the students a fantastic opportunity to read and write.
Star Kids Phonic and Grammar Workshop exclusively teaches language skills to students. Every year many of the students are participants of different competitions and exams including Spell Bee, Spell Quest, Maars and English Olympiad. Students have often won medals and reached an international level within these trails.
Preeti has experienced the immense benefit of Jolly Phonics and is eager to spread the word to every corner of the world to help develop literacy skills. Each year she helps more than 250 students learn to read and write. She also organises phonic awareness camps for parents to help their understanding of phonics. Preeti is keen to share her knowledge and experience with other teachers and schools.
Elnara is a Cambridge qualified primary school teacher, full of energy and passion for teaching small children. She graduated from Khazar University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and has spent 5 years teaching English in government schools before becoming a Head Teacher of Evika School in 2016. From the use of Jolly Phonics in her classes, Elnara has achieved unbelievable results with her students and has successfully developed her knowledge and skill in the English language.
Currently working as the Director of the Cambridge Primary Department, Elnara controls the training of English teachers within the school. With her background of using Jolly Phonics, Elnara sees this as the key to successfully train teachers so that everyone can achieve greater results in English with their students.
Elnara is happy to share her experiences on using Jolly Phonics and wishes for all primary school students in Azerbaijan to read English fluently.
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Irechukwu is presently teaching at Indian International School and has an extensive background of primary teaching in Benin. She obtained her National Certificate in Education at the National Institute, Kaduna where she studied sociology in education.
Irechukwu was introduced to Jolly Phonics in 2006 and began to implement this method of teaching right away. She has made a tremendous impact to her teaching career since starting to use it as her students were progressing at a quicker and less stressful rate than previously. Both parents of her students and colleagues in the school are keen to learn about Jolly Phonics in order to teach their children at home and in their classes. Jolly Phonics makes learning interesting and simple which has led to enormous and positive results for the students. Irechukwu is happy to share her experiences with others.
Falak is a teacher and trainer of Jolly Phonics and currently works with Fatima-Tuz-Zahra at Phonics Club; a learning centre specifically teaching with the Jolly Phonics method. Falak has taught many children over the years, and when using Jolly Phonics she was so impressed with the speed and enthusiasm of the students’ learning that she now uses nothing else.
Falak is now eager to pass on her experience and knowledge of Jolly Phonics so that other teachers and parents can benefit their students and children they are teaching. Her target is to spread Jolly Phonics across the whole of Pakistan to ensure the country meets international educational standards.
Betty studied in both India and America achieving her BA at Bombay University and her ECE from Palomar Community College, San Marcos and certification for Train the Trainer by American TESOL; before she began to teach early years. She became the lead teacher working with 3 and 4 year olds in Virginia, USA until 2009 and returned to India.
On her return to India, Betty opened her own learning centre called Precious Lil’ Ones Preschool, located in Mumbai, whereby an after school programme called Phonicland was introduced; practicing the Jolly Phonics methodology. This programme greatly benefitted children 4-6 years of age, most of them non-native English speakers. These children learned to speak, read, write and spell in English by using Jolly Phonics. Because of this Betty then implemented Jolly Phonics as the curriculum in her preschool. To date, Betty has taught over 600 3 and 4 years olds with Jolly Phonics.
Betty has come across ladies from vernacular backgrounds, with limited English who are wanting to learn the Jolly Phonics method to teach their children at home, and to begin small classes at home to earn an income. This impressed Betty so much, she wanted to reach out to adults in India with the Jolly Phonics method, so that more children can benefit from such a successful programme.
“Jolly Phonics is a fun way to teach and a fun way to learn. When children can read, write and spell they have the power to move forward.”
Diego Zaffaroni works as Lower School Principal at Duhok Word School, an authorised IB World School. He is a qualified primary school teacher, teacher trainer and consultant with a particular interest in young learners’ development of literacy skills.
Diego has worked for five years as Bilingual Education School Coordinator, a project which was supported jointly by the British Council and the Italian Ministry of Education; also, he was the Programme Director at an innovative international school in Milan which is now recognised by Cambridge International Examinations and the Italian Ministry of Education.
Diego has seen better and better results with Jolly Phonics over the time he and his fellow teachers have used it; Jolly Phonics has demonstrated to be highly beneficial to all children on their way to becoming independent readers.
Betty’s background is in Education specialising in the English Language. She is currently employed with a Non Government Organization (Care International in PNG) where she will be facilitating Jolly Phonics Training for early child and elementary teachers in a Papua New Guinean context. Betty has spent time developing a phonetic programme for Papua New Guinea which emphasises the correct pronunciation of the letter sounds.
Betty has been teaching with Jolly Phonics for the past 4 years and from the beginning, she soon witnessed children being able to read short sentences after only 6 weeks of teaching with the Jolly Phonics programme. The children continue to demonstrate high grading in their English subject compare to other classes. The parents continue to be amazed to see how well their child was performing at home.
Betty passionately believes the Jolly phonics Program is well designed to cater for multi and diverse language speakers. She notices how it includes the principle of teaching from known to unknown whereby children are exposed to multi-sensory activities. Betty would recommend Papua New Guinean teachers to use Jolly Phonics Program as the programme is well designed to cater for teachers and parents to use in the classroom and also at home.
Rohini Vij is professional storyteller, educator and teacher’s trainer. She is also the founder of NutSpace Edtech Pvt. Ltd. and brings with her immense positive experience in implementing Jolly Phonics at NutSpace. She has been using Jolly phonics successfully for the last few years as part of NutSpace’s Phonics Stories Program (run in school and as an after school activity). Rohini has seen phenomenal results in children using the Phonics Stories program that uses Jolly phonics at its core and feels it is a fantastic way to help lay a strong foundation in children’s reading and writing skills. She feels confident about spreading this wonderful concept far and wide so as to help children fall in love with reading, writing and speaking English.
Shino has been working for Yokosuka Gakuin Elementary School in Kanagawa since 2006. She has seen the impact of Jolly Phonics and the outstanding results that their students have achieved learning English with the Jolly Phonics programme. Shino firmly believes that Jolly Phonics is the best solution for learning to read, write and speak in English, so would love to share her experiences with other teachers, so they too can make a difference to their students and schools.
Shalini is a passionate teacher and an enterprising woman. She runs ‘Phonics Power’ – an exclusive learning centre for phonics and grammar. She has been using Jolly Phonics extensively in her classroom since 2012. Phonics Power teaches over 300 children every year through its three branches across Chennai.
Shalini is actively involved in training teachers and has trained 1000 + teachers in Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar. She has helped 60+ Primary schools and teacher training Institutes implement Jolly Phonics in their institutions. She serves as the academic consultant and curriculum planner in many of these schools. She also helps them use guided reading & extensive reading effectively in their classrooms. She attends various workshops, conferences and seminars on ‘Teaching Literacy ‘in India and abroad.
“Jolly Phonics provides an active learning environment through its simple, step by step, fun-filled approach to teaching literacy and helps many children take a quantum leap in their literacy skills.”
Ms. Khushbu Porwal has been associated within the educational sector for more than 8 years. She is a firm believer of the Jolly Phonics approach and she has immense experience in successfully using it for teaching children in Mumbai. She ran an institute “Phonics Essential” in Mumbai in which has trained more than 350 students and supported 65 teachers in teaching Jolly Phonics. Khushbu has seen exceptional transformations in which Jolly Phonics brings to children and teachers.
Recently Khushbu relocated to Jakarta. She believes that due to a young and growing population in Indonesia, there is great potential for synthetic phonics to be used in the teaching of English. Khushbu can provide training in Jakarta & Mumbai and can plan for special session in other towns across Indonesia, India and South East Asian countries.
Loch is a qualified and experienced instructor who has used Jolly Phonics teaching young children and to both private and international school since 2009. He has used Jolly Phonics with outstanding results with students of Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Thai origins. In addition to being a certified Jolly Phonics trainer, he has extensive knowledge and experience teaching primary school grades as well as training teachers at both private and international schools in Thailand.
Currently, he works as the Head of Kindergarten and Lower-Primary Grades, and also the Head of Development and Planning for Burapha Phatthanasart School in process of becoming an international school.
Nicola Carr-White has taught in many and varied roles during her teaching career which spans almost 30 years. She began teaching Jolly Phonics with Kindy/Pre-Primary students followed by Junior Primary for several years and found that the program produced outstanding student results in early literacy. She is available to conduct training in a variety of formats, from staff meeting presentations to full day workshops, throughout Western Australia and further afield by invitation.
Ashley is an experienced and qualified teacher. She has been teaching English to Spanish children for nearly 15 years and has been using her enthusiasm and knowledge, teamed with Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar to achieve remarkable results; in both infant and primary years. During this time she has seen how Jolly Phonics has been strongly introduced into the nursery system here in Spain and has found herself deeply induced within this area and has observed very high results.
Ashley also prepares for Cambridge exams A1-C1 and has found a different way of correcting older students using phonetics and Jolly Grammar.
Kanthie is a highly qualified teacher and educationist, currently working as a Phonetics Instructor at Trinity College Kandy in Sri Lanka. She has been teaching pre-primary children phonics for 10 years and has seen that Jolly Phonics gives children the tools and confidence to read and write effectively.
Kanthie is also a registered teacher for elocution, speech and drama in which she uses these skills to run workshops on basic and advanced phonics with children aged 3-7 years. She specialises in unique learning methods based on the individual needs of students alongside Jolly Phonics which has led to extraordinary results in written and spoken english. She now trains parents, teachers and schools on Jolly Phonics, so that the knowledge can be passed on to help more students achieve higher levels of english.
Dr. Susan Whittaker is currently a Curriculum Coordinator in Literacy at an SEN school in Slough, England. Susan works primarily with children within the Autism Provision where she uses Jolly Phonics to secure the reading skills of both verbal and non-verbal children. Susan has previously taught kindergarten and early childhood special education in the US and Canada where she used Jolly Phonics as her foundation phonics programme. As part of her doctorate programme (Ed.D), through Aurora University, Susan researched the use of Jolly Phonics as a whole-group curriculum as weak as its use in small group reading intervention, with remarkable results. Susan continues to conduct ongoing research in the use of Jolly Phonics and offers support in the USA through her business; Jolly Reading, based in Niagara Falls, New York. Susan is eager to support school districts and teachers in the use of both the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programmes.
Emily is an English as a second langue teacher with 7 years of experience teaching in Morocco and Thailand. Emily believes literacy is the key to lifelong learning and self-realisation and it all starts with learning to decode. As a kindergarten teacher working with English as a second language students in Morocco, success was difficult. By the time students were beginning to communicate in English, the clock was running out on literacy development. Emily was frustrated and felt she was failing her classes. All of that changed with Jolly Phonics. In the first year of using Jolly Phonics, Emily had 3 year old ESL students independently writing decodable messages. She now cannot imagine teaching without it. Jolly Phonics changed Emily’s life as a teacher and she would love to help others find success with the programme.
Cynthia has been using Jolly Phonics since 2007 and is currently working in a literacy centre in Brunei. Cynthia has been amazed with the progress of the children using the programme systematically. She has seen marvellous results in children; even for those with special needs. Cynthia believes it makes learning so much fun and the multi-sensory method is effective for children with different learning styles. Cynthia would like to share her experiences with more teachers and parents un order to help their children to achieve and raise up the literacy standard.
Tahira is originally from London, UK but is now living in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has an MBA in Management from the UK but became more interested in teaching children literacy skills and decided to change her career path.
Tahira first came across Jolly Phonics in 2004 after doing some research into improving literacy skills; as many of the children were not reading and writing well enough at the pre-school where she was working. After a year’s teaching of the programme, the children excelled in their literacy skills and since then Tahira has never looked back. In 2010 she became a private tutor focusing entirely on Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar and have been using the programme extensively. Tahira has conducted workshops for the private pre-schools and parents in Islamabad including few of the most prestigious schools in town. She has assisted schools in implementing Jolly Phonics and has also supervised teachers using the programme.
Having experienced the immense benefit of the programme first hand, Tahira is now keen to impart her knowledge and experience and to promote further to the private, public and lower socio economic education sector.
Premo “fell in love” with the Jolly Programme in 2008, since then she has been joyfully learning and growing with her Spanish speaking students. In her opinion, the multi sensory way of Jolly learning is a twenty-first century approach to the literacy process that each child has the right to go through with joy, and to inspire further love for reading. She has focused her attention on both infant and primary years, not only teaching in different levels, but also coaching other English teachers to successfully implement the programme.
Mrs. Nihali A Jain is a proud member of Early Childhood Association (ECA), India, currently a Director at Vidhyashram Public School, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, holds dual degrees in Early Child Care and Education (ECCE) and Montessori from Mumbai. She was the owner of an Early Childhood Teacher Training Centre in Mumbai until 2013 and with her breath of experience in early childcare and education, she has been providing teacher training in ECCE, Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar for the past 10 years. Nihali has successfully trained more than 800 teachers in ECCE and more than 500 teachers in Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar.
Nihali’s main passion lies in teaching the children of her school in Jolly Phonics and watching them excel in reading and writing. She believes that no other programme can do as well as what Jolly Phonics can do for young learners in schools, and that every school on earth must have Jolly Phonics in their curriculum!
Since the year 2009, in their role of coordinators of English at a highly prestigious bilingual school in Montevideo, Gabriela and Laura have established the implementation of Jolly Phonics as an essential component of the English Programme.
Having taught English to students of different ages, learning styles and needs both of them have collected all over the years sufficient evidence to prove that the Synthetic Phonics Approach has helped to boost students’ confidence and enthusiasm at the time of dealing with the reading and writing skills in the second language.
Being aware of the fact that the act of reading is the result of a combination of processes, which range from the most specific (segmentation and blending) to the most general ones ( wholeness of words and phrases in context), they are fully convinced that children’s phonological awareness and phonological abilities play an essential role in learning to read.
I am an English teacher and have taught in a bilingual primary school and kindergarten in Argentina for more than 10 years. I got thrilled with Synthetic Phonics many years ago and I have been using the method ever since. I now live in México city and would love to share my experience with other teachers in México.
Having worked as a volunteer teacher in a remote school in Tanzania on and off for several years, she decided that the classroom was where she loved to be. Jennifer has a background in special needs and international education. Her specialist area is EFL, in particular, working with very young learners. Jennifer is passionate about helping children to communicate, and has had the privilege of working with children from many walks of life. She is interested in PECS, Makaton and of course, synthetic phonics. Jolly Phonics is a key feature of her teaching. Jennifer is director and teacher of her own language centre in the city of Varna, Bulgaria. The focus of the school is to provide children with synthetic phonics instruction in the most fun and memorable way!
She is happy to travel in the Varna region to offer training and support.
Sadaf is an experienced teacher and the Head of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at her school. She is really passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others. Since implementing the Jolly Phonics programme in her school, children have shown tremendous results whilst becoming excellent readers and creative writers. Sadaf strongly believes that the ability to read and write is the basic right of every child and that no child deserves to be overlooked.
Sadaf has conducted workshops and training sessions for her teachers. She is constantly working on creating fun and exciting activities to fully engage the children in the learning process. She is enthusiastic for shaping young minds to the thrill of learning regardless of learning styles or difficulties.
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Meliha Chausheva is a highly experienced kindergarten teacher. She has taught in several English kindergartens as the main teacher in Reception class. Her passion to make the learning process fun and exciting for the children made her search for other challenges. She sees the programme as a tool that allows children to develop their full potential through the exciting journey of learning. She is also pleased to observe children gaining self –confidence during the process. Meliha finds Jolly Phonics one of the most rewarding programmes as teachers can see the results of their work shortly after they have made the first steps. She is happy to share experience with other teachers around Bulgaria and on the Balkans.
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Dr Olubusola Eshiet has facilitated training in Jolly Phonics, Jolly Phonics Extra and Jolly Grammar for several thousand teachers in Nigeria and some in Ghana. Her training and mentoring have helped teachers move from enduring English Language teaching to enjoying the subject. She continues to research the use of Jolly Phonics and is the research leader for Jolly Phonics Extra. She shares the results of her research at local and international conferences. Busola supports government bodies, teachers, and schools through Optimalpath Consulting Limited, her business based in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England.
Mphatso has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Malawi. As an Early Year’s teacher, she has been using Jolly Phonics for more than three years and has seen remarkable, amazing, quick and encouraging results. Mphatso has seen children of Malawian, Chinese and Indian origin learn how to read English in a space of eight weeks. She recommends it as a vital resource for teaching English Literacy to children who are learning English as their second language
Choose a selection of people associated with Christmas (Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, the stressed parent, the excitable child). These can either be images on the board, or you can get the children to act out each character. This activity can then be used for grammar or punctuation.
Ask the children to describe how each character is doing something. Eg, Santa is delivering presents merrily; the parent is cooking dinner frantically, etc. Children can even discuss these in pairs, before writing them down as a class or individually. You can even go further and discuss what each character is thinking.
Ask the children to describe what each character is thinking. Eg, “It’s a busy night ahead,” thought Santa, anxiously. If you get each word of the sentence to be written on a small whiteboard or flashcard, children can stand at the front to build the sentence. Then add in flashcards of the opening and closing speech marks, and the comma, asking children to identify where these need to be placed in the sentence.
This is a spelling/dictation activity and can be played as a whole class or in pairs.
1. Teacher to dictate an item to add to the Christmas shopping list, children to write their answers.
2. Children to dictate an item to add to the Christmas shopping list, teacher to write the item (with the children’s help) on the board.
One child dictates the shopping list and their partner writes them down. Swap over.
This activity can be adapted for different year groups and can use words relating to Christmas and the festive season, or a selection or tricky and phonetic words for their level.
The teacher calls out a word to the class. The children work in pairs to sound out and spell the word.
If the word is a Tricky Word, this word is added to the Christmas tree.
If the word is phonetic, this word is added as a present box under the tree.
The teacher shows a word to the class. The children work in pairs to blend the sounds to read the word.
If the word is a Tricky Word, this word is added to the Christmas tree.
If the word is phonetic, this word is added as a present box under the tree.
You can either make biscuits that can be cut into letter sounds, or cookies that can be decorated with letter sounds. Get the children to then use their treats to make some simple CVC words before they’re allowed to reward themselves by eating the treats!
Ingredients to make 6-8 sound shapped biscuits
50g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
175g plain four
Spare flour to dust the surface
1. Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees (gas mark 3)
2. Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Add the vanilla essence.
4. Mix in the flour well.
5. Roll out the mix and using a knife, cut out the shapes of sounds.
6. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
Ingredients to make 10-12 cookies to decorate with a sound on each cookie
100g caster sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
150g self raising flour
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 5)
2. Mix the sugar and butter together to make a paste.
3. Add the golden syrup.
4. Add half the flour (75g) and mix.
5. Add the vanilla essence.
6. Add and mix thoroughly the remaining flour.
7. Arrange on a baking tray in 10-12 blobs, do not flatten them.
8. Put them in the over for 12-15 minutes.
9. Leave to cool before decorating with sounds.
Use three wise men – either on the board, as colouring sheets or using children in the class – as individual letters sounds. The teacher can then read out some words for children to segment each individual letter sound, and figure out if they can spell that word using the three wise men.
For older or more advanced children, you could use Christmas stockings for 4, 5 and 6 letter words, whilst you could progress on to full sentences by using a different word on each reindeer!
You can easily make some Glettery (Glittery Letter – get it?) Sound Flashcards with all the children! Get the children to pick a different letter sound, and write this on a piece of card using a glue stick. Children can then sprinkle the page with lots of glitter and leave to dry for a few moments. Then lift the card up for all the excess glitter to fall off, leaving just the letter sound on the page to sparkle!
The teacher can then say some simple words with the whole class needing to sound out each letter sound. The children with the corresponding letter sounds can come to the front to spell the word out.
For more advanced, children can do words instead of letter sounds. However, each letter sound in the word should be in a different colour glitter!
Pick your favourite simple recipe, or create your own; perhaps for a Christmas pudding, or how to cook the turkey? (Or you can use our Christmas Cookie Mix recipe!) Unfortunately, Rudolph and his pals have all chewed the cookbook, and all that remains of the recipe are the individual stages, all messed up! Mrs Claus needs the children to help put the recipe back together again in the correct order, which you can get them to do as a class or in pairs/small groups.
Afterwards, you may want to get children to create their own Christmas recipes that would make something magical to eat for the elves or reindeer! Or why not do something non-food based: a recipe for a Merry Christmas? (One cup of love, 200 grams of smiles, etc.)
Collect objects and items that you can put in a sack. These can be objects relating to Christmas, or be possible presents, or can be general objects and items from the home and around school. If playing this activity with small groups or pairs, ensure each group/pair has a sack of objects.
This activity can be played as a whole class, in small groups or even in pairs. Below are 3 ways to play this activity depending on the year group.
Take an object out the sack and ask the children to sound out the object, using their fingers to count the sounds. As some objects and items may have alternative spellings, this activity is for practising identifying and listening out for sounds rather than for spelling.
Take an object out of the sack and ask the children to sound out the object, using their fingers to count the sounds and then spell the object using those sounds. Some objects and items may include alternative spellings.
Take an object out of the sack and ask the children to spell and describe the object.
Ask children to draw a scene at Christmas; perhaps their house on Christmas day. Once they have done this, ask them to describe to their partner what is going on: who’s there, what are they doing, how are they feeling?
Once they have discussed these, children should then write sentences to accompany and describe the picture. Younger children may only write a couple of simple sentences, whilst older children may wish to write an entire description of the entire scene. These could be adapted for various types of writing: practising different tenses, or writing in a different style (an instruction manual on how to have a ‘Lucy Jones Family’ Christmas, or a script for a Christmas Day play, e.g.).
My First Letter Sounds
The perfect introduction to learning the letter sounds as the first step towards reading and writing. With tips and guidance for parents included, this beautiful, full colour board book is the perfect gift for little ones!
Jolly Stories Board Book
Seven enchanting stories across 80 pages in this beautifully, fully illustrated colour board book. Covering the 42 letter sounds alongside tips and guidance for parents, this is the perfect bedtime read for these cold winter nights!
Jolly Phonics and Sounds Like Fun DVDs
Two DVDs to help children learn the letter sounds in an exciting, visual format! The perfect way to keep the children entertained after Christmas dinner (when everyone’s too full to move from the table!).
Jolly Songs CD
You don’t have to just sing along to Christmas carols this winter; why not fill your homes with the sound of our Jolly Songs? Cheerful songs written to popular tunes, your children won’t be the only ones singing along!
A fantastic box of 60 full colour, double sided flashcards to help children to learn the letter sounds, sound out the words and blend the sounds. And with an instruction leaflet and pronunciation guide, these are surely the best Christmas Cards you’ll send this year!
12 levelled paperback readers, each containing a collection of six decodable stories. With a mixture of non-fixture and fiction, young readers will love to keep practising over the holidays!
Discover the letter sounds through seven fun-filled, full colour activity books! An excellent mix including puzzles, craft activities, colouring and games as children practise the letter sounds and handwriting, is there a better way to keep them entertained this year?
Jolly Phonics Games CD
Want to make sure you can watch all the best Christmas shows on TV? Then get the children crowded around the computer with our fun, interactive Games CD! Available to change between easy, medium or hard levels, there are clear instructions to guide the child through all activities as they revise the 42 letter sounds!
My Jolly Phonics
The ultimate Christmas gift! Give a special child in your life a kit just for them, filled with a range of multi-sensory resources to help them to read and write. Including all seven Activity Books, the Jolly Phonics DVD, Games CD, Jolly Songs, Jolly Stories and the Letter Sound Poster, as well as triangular grip pencils and eraser, all inside a beautiful plush canvas case, this is the only Jolly Phonics gift your child will need!
Can be done as a whole class, in small groups or in pairs.
One person uses actions to spell a Christmassy word – perhaps a present from a set list by the teacher. The rest of the class/group/partner have to guess the word.
Yes, that’s right – Star! (s-t-ar).
Training with Roberta Emma Amos-Abanyie:
Jolly Phonics Training
Date: 16th and 17th December, 2016
Venue: Old Council Hall, near Standard Chartered Bank, Obuasi, Ashanti region.
Workshop includes handouts, certificate and snacks and the chance to purchase Jolly Phonics materials.
For more information or to book a place, please call +23 35 0904 0966 / +23 32 6917 6285
Training with Roberta Emma Amos-Abanyie
3 days Jolly Phonics Training
Date: 3rd to 5th January, 2017
Venue: Able Academy School, Community 25. Tema.
Jolly Phonics materials will be available to purchase.
For more information or to book a place, please call +23 35 0904 0966 / +23 32 6917 6285
We have an fantastic competition to win one of FIVE copies of our fantastic My First Letter Sounds board book.
This competition is EXCLUSIVE to subscribers of the Bizziebaby newsletter. We’re not going to tell you how you can be in with a chance of winning; details of how to enter are ONLY available with the Bizziebaby newsletter dated Monday 12th September.
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, who have all now been contacted via email!
Following our recent visit to UWE Bristol to run a workshop with the third year Primary Ed undergraduates, we are giving all students who attended the chance to win a copy of our Jolly Phonics Resources CD in preparation for their final placements!
Only the UWE students who attended the workshop will know how to enter, keeping it exclusive to these students.
This competition is now closed; congratulations to our winner… Hayley Rowe!
To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow our Jolly Learning Instagram page, and ‘like’ the competition photo. But be quick – this is a flash competition that is only running on Tuesday, 18th October, so you don’t have much time!
This competition is now closed; congratulations to our winner… Helen Paddon!
Training with Shainaz Jussa
Jolly Phonics Training
Date: 17th and 18th August
An in-depth and interactive workshop with plenty of practical ideas and fun activities.
Get a glimpse of the training on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/phonickids
For more information or to book a place, please contact Shainaz at email@example.com or call (91) 2228490500 or (91) 9892772503
Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar in the classroom
Date: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August 2016
Time: Thursday 9:30 – 16:30, Friday 09:45 – 16:30
Venue: British International School, Arcadia Academy, Tivat
This course will take you through the basics of teaching Jolly Phonics and Grammar, including lots of practical classroom activities in a fun, multi-sensory way.
Training with Coral George:
Jolly Phonics Training
Date: Tuesday October 11th and Wednesday October 12th
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Le Meridien Heliopolis – Marco Polo
Ideal for teachers who are new to Jolly Phonics, or teachers who want to make sure that they are getting the best out of the programme.
For more information or to book a place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Training by Betty Hinamunimo:
Jolly Phonics Training
Date: 12 – 16th December 2016
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: Goroka 441, Eastern Highland Province
The languages of Papua New Guinea today number over 850, making it the most linguistically diverse place on earth.
The Jolly Phonic Program emphasizes on the correct production of each alphabet letter sounds in any languages to allow for blending of the sounds to read words. Teachers and instructors must be confident and accurate in their own ability to say each sound clearly and correctly. They must hear the sounds produced by students and determine whether the students say the correct sound.
The training package is designed to allow you to hear the correct sound for each of 42 phonemes (making 20 distinct vowel alphabet letter sounds and 22 distinct consonant alphabet letters sound), to practice saying the sound correctly and to listen to a sound and determine if it was enunciated correctly.
For more information, please contact Betty via email: email@example.com or call: 67 570 482 297
Training with Shainaz Jussa:
2 days in-depth Jolly Phonics Workshop
Date: 2nd and 3rd October, 2016
Time: 0900 to 1600 hours
Venue: The Learning Tree, Chittagong
A two-day intensive training in synthetic phonics covering the essential skills and spelling rules. Plenty of practice for the participants to become perfect phonics teachers! Get a glimpse of the training on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/phonicskids
Synthetic phonics has spread throughout the world as a teaching tool and Jolly Phonics has been seen as an extensive, child-centered, multi-sensory programme that allows for teachers to secure the learning of English for children; including those who have English as an additional language. Schools in Mexico have been finding that in using Jolly Phonics to learn English, it is a quick and entertaining way that children find fun and engaging.
DESTECA have created a video showing just that! To watch it click here.
The Jolly word continues to spread across the world, aiming to reach all children to support them in acquiring a high level of attainment in the English language by using Jolly Phonics. These videos from Geetanjali; the Acting Education Officer for Standardised Testing, Examinations and Assessment Unit, Ministry of Education, highlights how underperforming schools can benefit from the child centred, multi-sensory, synthetic phonics programme that is the wonderful Jolly Phonics!
Watch the video on Literacy and Numeracy Strategies for Years 3 to 8 here.
Watch the video on the use of Jolly Phonics training materials for Years 1 and 2 here.
We don’t have any training scheduled at the moment – please check back soon!
Training in Sri Lanka with Kanthie Jayasekera:
Jolly Phonics and Grammar Training Courses
Venue: Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, Kandy
Date: Every Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday
Training with Khushbu Porwal:
Jolly Phonics: Essentials of English reading and writing event
Date: 29th October 2016
Venue: Kinderfun Pre School, Bellagio Mall, Mega Kuningan
This event will discuss the systematic approach to synthetic phonics and is aimed at learning about how phonics can improve your child’s reading and spelling skills and boost their confidence.
For more information and to book, please contact Ms Lia on 0857-18180048 or (021)-30029864.
Training with Mphatso Sapulani:
Jolly Phonics Training
Date: Saturday 8th October 2016
Time: 8am – 4pm
Venue: Mzuzu Hotel, Mzuzu
Course Content: This one day course will cover the following:
Please contact Mphatso for more information or to book your place: firstname.lastname@example.org