Reading and Jolly Phonics
There are many ways you as parents and carers can help your a child become
a competent and fluent reader. Reading is an essential skill that everyone requires,
so helping your child at home from a young age gives them a head start
and allows them to make rapid progress with their reading.
Letter Sounds Tricky
of the Best Picture Books
Developing Speech and Language
Rhymes and Songs
schools are now using the Jolly Phonics* reading scheme to teach
reading. The scheme involves children learning 42 sounds which enable them to
‘sound-out’ most words. There are also a set of seven
Finger Phonics Books.
The sounds have
actions and songs to accompany
them to make it easier for children to remember the letters and
formation. Your child may also like exploring the
Jolly Phonics Games CD.
The seven sets of Jolly Phonics letter sounds, which could be displayed
in your child's playroom using the Jolly Phonics Poster
are taught in
this order, focusing on one set at a time. You may want to begin by
introducing your child to one or two letter sounds each week. This way
you can ensure your child is familiar with both the letter sound and
Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds
1) s, a, t, i, p, n
2) ck, e, h, r, m, d
3) g, o, u , l , f , b
4) ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
5) z, w, ng, v, oo, oo
6) y, x, ch, sh, th, th
7) qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar
Jolly Phonics Workbooks: Books 1-7
are an ideal and easy way for teaching letter sounds.
teaching and reinforcing these sounds at home your child will be able to
progress to the next level of their reading. Once a child is competent
with all the Jolly Phonics* sounds they are able to start reading words
by sounding out e.g c-a-t is ‘cat’, h-e-l-p ‘help’. Each letter sound
when blended together makes a word.
are some words which cannot be ‘sounded-out’ and these are known as
‘Tricky Words'. These words have to be taught and learnt. By learning these together at home with your child, perhaps
one or two a week, they will be able to progress more quickly with their
your child has learnt the 42 sounds and the tricky words they will have
the ability to start reading simple words first from the Jolly Phonics Read and See: Basic Words.
Once your child is able to read simple two and three letter words they
can progress to
Jolly Readers Books: Complete Set Level 1
and then onto
Jolly Readers Level 2.
Remember all children learn to read at different rates so don't be
discourage if your child takes longer to grasp letter sounds or forgets
*Jolly Phonics is a reading and writing scheme which was developed by
Sue Lloyd and Sara Wernham.
sharing a picture book as often as possible with your child they
will learn new language and become familiar with the format and layout of
stories. The Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection
is an ideal starting point and way to inspire a love of stories and
reading from an early age.
Children get a lot of enjoyment from
stories. Books can be found to suit a wide range of abilities and
interests. Stories are a powerful tool in teaching your child about the
world around them, and are extremely beneficial to their general
knowledge and understanding of life. Whether
you enjoy the same book over and over again, or have a different story
every night, your child is learning new words and discovering the power
There are many bookshops with child friendly reading corners and a wide
selection of children's books both factual and fiction.
always popular with children and are filled with excitement and
suspense. Your child may
enjoy choosing a book from one of these stores or enjoying a story time
session with other children their age. See our page on
'20' of the Best
are a wide range of stories and
picture books suitable for all ages at your local library.
By visiting the library regularly you and your
child can choose a range of picture books to share together.
Choose fiction and non-fiction books.
Non-fiction books provide opportunities for your child to learn
about the world around them.
Select books which have different
types of language
and formats, such as board books, pop-up books, rhyming stories,
books with audio CDs.
Choose simple books which your child can read
themselves, as well as books which you can read to your child to
extend their language and teach new vocabulary.
Source books with repetitive language so your
child can join in and get involved with the story. Children also
love rhyming books.
Borrow pop-up books and picture flap books
which encourage your child to ask questions about the story.
Encourage them to use a range of different questioning words.
Look for books which have large text so
you can point to the words and your child can follow as your read.
Find read along books with a tape or CD
so your child can become more independent and sit and listen to a
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