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Jolly Phonics, developed in the UK, is a thorough foundation for reading and writing the English language. It uses the synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory. Children learn how to use the letter sounds to read and write words.

Independent studies find that, after one year’s teaching, children taught with Jolly Phonics have an average reading age around 12 months ahead of their actual age.

The five basic skills for reading and writing are:
1. Learning the letter sounds
In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet. The sounds are in seven groups. Each sound has an action which helps children remember the letter(s) that represent it.
2. Learning letter formation
It is very important that a child holds their pencil in the correct way. The pencil should be held in the ‘tripod’ grip between the thumb and first two fingers. If a child’s hold starts incorrectly, it is very difficult to correct later on.
3. Blending
Blending is the process of saying the individual sounds in a word and then running them together to make the word.
4. Identifying sounds in words
The easiest way to know how to spell a word is to listen for the sounds in that word. Even with the tricky words an understanding of letter sounds can help.
5. Spelling the tricky words
There are several ways of learning tricky spellings:
(1) Look, Cover, Write and Check.
(2) Say it as it sounds.
(3) Mnemonics.
(4) Using joined-up (cursive) writing also improves spelling.
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Learning the letter sounds Learning letter formation Blending
Identifying sounds in words
Spelling the tricky words
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