After teaching secondary school English for 43 years, I recently retired and took on a “Can you help my 6-year-old reluctant-reader with her reading confidence?” tutoring challenge. It took about ten minutes for that feisty first grader to convince me that I was way out of my league.
But Jennie Smith-Brock introduced me to the “Jolly Phonics” philosophy and protocols, and encouraged me to ask follow-up questions as they arose. Her intro’ webinar was enormously helpful, as were the few subsequent consults/conversations that followed. The inexpensive and engaging “Jolly Phonics”-sequenced readers were a life-saver. Clearly, the measurable progress they afforded gave a much-needed boost to my young student and to her crusty teacher, each. Jennie was the competent, patient, sensible, no-nonsense tutor that I myself needed. I whole-heartedly recommend both Jennie and her approach.