Jolly Learning was founded in 1987 and started selling the first of the Jolly Phonics products five years later. It uses the synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory, enabling children to become fluent readers.
Children begin at sea, with Inky Mouse in a small rowing boat. Their task? To reach, master and complete 15 interactive games that practice grammar, spelling and punctuation skills through visiting the following five islands:
I have personally used so many different types of phonics curriculum over the years, but never one quite as cute as My Jolly Phonics program. Keep reading this Jolly Phonics review for my honest opinion about this new-to-me educational resource!
Using this synthetic approach to phonics, My Jolly Phonics teaches children five key skills throughout the program. Learning can be continued further by using the elementary curriculum Jolly Readers and Jolly Grammar to build a foundation in early literacy instruction during the first three years of primary education.
This phonics set arrives neatly packaged in a cute little case featuring Snake from the phonics stories as a plush encircling the outside. His head forms a sort of secret pocket up one side to hold pencils.
After taking some time to look through the materials, I would like to share with you what I felt were the advantages and disadvantages of this program so that you can make an educated decision for whether or not this particular phonics curriculum will work for your child.
Included on the DVD are eight educational episodes, a morphing game as well as a sound pronunciation menu that just shows a mouth up close saying the letters and their sounds. The DVD, storybook, and workbook activities all compliment each other in the storyline as you progress through the phonics lessons.
I really enjoyed the Jolly Games CD-ROM. There are 20 games included that cover learning letter sounds, letter formation, blending, identifying sounds into words, tricky words, short vowels, and alternative spellings of vowels.
Print and pre-cursive writing are both offered as options when installing the program to your computer. These games include the same characters from the rest of the My Jolly Phonics program and reinforce what is being learned from the DVD, storybook, and activity workbooks.
Ethan is like a little sponge, the way that he can learn new things and retain information is absolutely incredible. He has an amazing memory, and loves to learn about everything around him. He has been singing the alphabet song for almost a year now, but just like any other song that he has memorised. We have plenty of letter puzzles and games around the house, and of course we read books everyday, but I never wanted to force Ethan into anything too early. Lately he has been showing an interest in letters that he sees, and he's learned to say the letters in his name and to recognise a few letters as well. So I decided that now would be a good time to start introducing him to the letter sounds, so that when he's ready he can start learning to read. As a teacher I used a few different systems for teaching phonics, all of which I thought were very good, but the one that I used most extensively, and which I believe is the most commonly used, is Jolly Phonics.As Ethan is so very musical, I thought that the first step for him would be to learn the Jolly Phonics songs for each letter sound. The Jolly Songs CD has a different little tune for each of the 42 letter sounds. The words are their own, but they are sung to the tune of popular nursery rhymes, which makes them easy to learn to sing along to. Jolly Phonics are done in a specific order, starting with the letter 's'. The song for 's' (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell) goes: The snake is in the grass,The snake is in the grass,s,s,s,s,The snake is in the grass.The next resource that we tried is the Jolly Phonics Games CD for the computer. There are a variety of different games on the CD for varying abilities that teach identifying sounds as well as forming letters. Ethan is actually quite good on the computer for his age, so he was able to use the mouse to choose the different options. However I wouldn't say that these games are for beginners, as many include words to read, and we are not at that stage yet. If Ethan were to let me choose the simple games for him we would be fine, but of course he wants to try them all! I think we'll save this one until he's a bit more confident with his sounds and starting to put words together.We were also given a wall frieze and some sound strips to put up for Ethan to refer to, and a set of workbooks. We've put up the sounds around the house to remind Ethan of them, as well as labelling some other household items so that he becomes more familiar with seeing printed words. We have started looking at the first workbook as well, it has lots of fun activities in it for learning phonics. As Ethan is still quite young I am not worried about him doing lots of worksheets right away, it's more important for him to be having fun whilst doing activities that he enjoys doing.* This is a review post, Jolly Learning sent us these resources to use and to write an honest review.
Enter the interactive world of Inky Mouse and her friends as they practise all the five skills in Jolly Phonics. With 20 fun activities to explore, children will be able to practice and revise their own knowledge. The games are available in different levels: easy, medium or hard - ideal for children at all levels of early reading.
The main menu features Inky's home where all games can be accessed. There are seven zones, each teaching a particular skill. By clicking on each of these, children will be taken through a number of fun and enjoyable games.