In Jolly Phonics the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet. The sounds are in seven groups. Some sounds are written with two letters, such as ee and or. These are called digraphs. Each sound has an action which helps children remember the letter(s) that represent it.
Children learn each letter by its sound, not its name. For example, the letter a should be called a (as in ant) not ai (as in aim). Similarly, the letter n should be nn (as in net), not en. This will help in blending.
Blending is the process of saying the individual sounds in a word, then running them together to make the word. For instance sounding out d-o-g and making dog. It is a technique every child will need to learn, and it improves with practice.
We ask you also practise reading and writing these with your children. You can make this fun by using chunky chalks and writing on pavements or walls, whiteboards and pens and they can roleplay being a teacher, or simply water and a paintbrush; the possibilities are endless.
Top marks is also a fantastic website to support your child with areas of difficulty. They can learn by having fun
Try it out!