Welcome to the Language Arts page from our Grade K-3 classroom!
Here you will be able to find out what the students are learning in our classroom, and learn more about the literacy programs that are being used. Being a Multi aged classroom, the children benefit through learning using the same programs and strategies for a number of years. When the parents are aware of these programs and strategies, and include them in their home learning, this will further their literacy development.
Jolly Phonics is the program that we use to introduce letter sounds to the children when they are in Kindergarten. They continue to use this program to build on thier literacy skills throughout their primary school years.
What is it?
In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught… not just the letters of the alphabet. Each sound has an action which helps children remember the letter that represents it. As the child becomes more confident the actions are no longer necessary.
Children first learn each letter by its sound rather than its letter name. The letters are not introduced in alphabetical order. The first group (s,a,t,i,p,n) have been chosen because they make more simple three letter words than any other six letters. As soon as the children know the first three sounds the teaching emphasis is on blending those sounds together to make words.
Jolly Phonics gives children a great deal of confidence and with the tools they learn they become independent in their reading and writing much sooner. This means they are ready to focus on learning higher-order comprehension strategies sooner.
How Does Work?
- Learning the letter sounds. The 42 main letter sounds are taught. This includes the individual letter sounds, the vowel digraphs such as ai, ea, out, oi, etc.
- Learning letter formation. A relaxed pencil hold and easy efficient letter formation style has a significant influence on speed and motivation in completing written tasks. As teachers we have all come across the reluctant writers who experience handwriting fatigue.
- Blending. As soon as the letter sounds are known, children are taught how to blend them to read and write words. These early blending skills are the springboard for early independence.
- Identifying the sounds in words. Listening for sounds and their position in words gives children the best start for accurate spelling.
- Tricky words. These are the words with irregular spelling. It is essential for children to recognize them early on, as these words are among the most commonly used. The program teaches these words directly and systematically so that children have a repertoire of these sight words.
What you can do at Home
Learn the letter actions! Here is a chart that you can print out, and learn the actions from.
You can learn more about Jolly Phonics at their website www.jollylearning.co.uk.