October 14, 2014

Jolly Phonics ~ A Multi-sensory Approach to Learning

Have you ever heard of the program called Jolly Phonics? It makes learning letters and sounds so much more fun by using auditory, visual, and kinesthetic clues! I was able to get a grant a few years back and bought many of the Jolly Phonics products.

Here are the big books that help introduce the letters and letter sounds. Jolly Phonics teaches all letters of the alphabet, digraphs, blends, and vowel digraphs. They teach the sounds in a specific order so students can start to build words. Jolly Phonics teaches the sounds first, then introduces the letter. 
Each sound has a story to read to the students. As you can see the page provides words with that sound and has multiple pictures that students can "spy" that have that sound in it. There are the same characters in the books, so the students like to find them throughout. 
At the bottom of the book it shows you a kinesthetic motion that you can teach for each sound. I find this to be incredibly helpful for students to learn their sounds!  
These are the sound cards that came with the kit. I printed them front/back from the manual and then had the time consuming task of coloring them all! I should've sent them home with a parent volunteer, but I'm kind of picky. :) I show the students the front part of the card, then they say the sound while doing the hand motion. On the back are the hand motions, making it easy to give to a sub or parent volunteer. Examples of the motions: J (jiggle like Jello) D (drum on a drum) A (ant crawling up your arm). The students love doing the Jolly Phonics cards when we practice our phonics for the day!
Below are some word cards that I throw in literacy centers or use during small group. The cards are in D'Nealian so it helps my students learn how to recognize letters in different fonts. This box includes letter cards, sight words, and simple words using the sounds taught in the program. They also have dots under the words to show students how to decode the word. 

I also bought the videos that review the sounds, but since this is a British based company, it's a little hard for my students to understand it all due to the heavy accent. They still enjoy it and like seeing the characters they've seen in the books. 

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