Peanut and I had the pleasure of reviewing Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar by jollyliteracy.com. Jollyliteracy.com’s parent company is just2ducks LLC. We were sent Jolly Phonics Teacher’s Book in print letters, Jolly Phonics Student Book 1, 2 and 3, Jolly Grammar 1 Teacher’s Book in print letters, Jolly Grammar 1 Student Book, and Jolly Songs in print letters.
In the Teacher’s Book for Jolly Phonics there are introduction pages and the teacher pages for Jolly Phonics Student Books 1, 2, and 3. Every section, including the introduction pages, has a color coded edge, which I love! The edges are color coded to match the book…Red for Student Book 1, Blue for Student Book 2, and Green for Student Book 3. Then in the upper corners of the book it will tell you exactly which page in the student book the lesson is for. For example: Student Book 1: Page 17. It is very easy to find the page that you need in the Teacher’s Book!! Everything is laid out for me as a teacher and every lesson includes a copy of the student page that is being taught. I love that multiple student books are included in one teacher’s guide!
I decided to start Peanut off in Jolly Phonics Student Book 1 and the lessons are the perfect length for her. She has done the lessons with a smile on her face and asks to do more when we are done. Her lessons take no more than 15 minutes a day and she is introduced to a different letter sound every day. At first I thought it would be too much for her working on a different sound each day but she has not had a problem. She has been reviewing their sounds, working on blending, and practicing letter formation. She starts off the lesson by reviewing previous sounds she has learned earlier in the book. She is then introduced to the new sound through a story. There is a story provided for me to read to her or I can use one of my choice. I read the story that is provided in the Teacher’s Book. Then there parts to the lesson: Action, Formation, Blending, Sounding, Word Bank, Dictation, and Further Ideas. She then completes the lesson page in the Student Book which includes working on her handwriting and a few additional activities. She even enjoys that she has a picture that she can color.
Jolly Phonics Student Books 2 and 3 and Jolly Grammar 1 are set up similar to Jolly Phonics Student Book 1. The Teacher Book for Jolly Grammar 1 is set up like it is for Jolly Phonics Teacher’s Book. There is still one lesson per page for all student books and the student continues building on what they have learned in the prior lessons. The short lessons are perfect for younger children! All of the student books the pages are bright and colorful. Don’t let this discourage you if you have a child that is easily distracted because Peanut is one who is easily distracted and has a short attention span and she did wonderful throughout the review! I am going to continue Jolly Phonics Book 1 with Peanut since she is loving it and asking for more!
Jolly Songs in print letters is a song book that has a cd of all 47 songs included. These songs have been created to help children learn and remember letter sounds by singing them to well known tunes such as ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, ‘Old MacDonald’ and many more! The songs are catchy and easy to learn. In the back of the song book there are a couple pages of extra games and activities that can be done with your students. Even younger children will enjoy listening to these songs.
I invite you to return later this week for my ‘Can Do Cubes’ review. Another wonder product by the same company!
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