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What is Jolly Phonics?

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy.With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. Complemented by Jolly Readers and Jolly Grammar, it teaches literacy the three years K-2 and covers key components such as, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing.

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Jolly Phonics Actions

Weave hand in an s shape, like a snake, and say ssssss

Wiggle fingers above elbow as if ants crawling on you and say a, a, a.

Turn head from side to side as if watching tennis and say t, t, t.

Pretend to be a mouse by wriggling fingers at end of nose and squeak i, i, i.

Pretend to puff out candles and say p, p, p.

Make a noise, as if you are a plane - hold arms out and say nnnnnn.

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Raise hands and snap fingers as if playing castanets and say ck, ck, ck.  

Pretend to tap an egg on the side of a pan and crack it into the pan, saying eh, eh, eh.

Hold hand in front of mouth panting as if you are out of breath and say h, h, h.

Pretend to be a puppy holding a piece of rag, shaking head from side to side, and say rrrrrr.  

Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm.  

Beat hands up and down as if playing a drum and say d, d, d.  

Spiral hand down, as if water going down the drain, and say g, g, g.

Pretend to turn light switch on and off and say o, o; o, o

Pretend to be putting up an umbrella and say u, u, u.  

Pretend to lick a lollipop and say l l l l l l.

Let hands gently come together as if toy fish deflating, and say f f f f f f.  

Pretend to hit a ball with a bat and say b, b, b.

Pretend to wobble on a plate and say j, j, j.  

Put arms out at sides and pretend to be a bee, saying zzzzzz.   

Blow on to open hand, as if you are the wind, and say wh, wh, wh.

Pretend to be holding the steering wheel of a van and say vvvvvv.   

Pretend to be eating a yogurt and say y, y, y.

Pretend to take an x-ray of someone with an x-ray gun and say ks, ks, ks.

Enjoy some of the Jolly
Phonics Songs with
your children at home.


Sample Page from
Grammar Book 1 -


Jolly Phonics Poster
- Copy Cat


Jolly Phonics Poster
- Hot Cross Buns


Jolly Phonics Poster
- See-Saw


Jolly Phonics Parent
Information Guide

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