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Jolly Phonics

● Utterly engaging for the children
● Covers 42 sounds of English, not just the sounds of the alphabet
● Whole-class teaching
● Seamlessly incorporates handwriting and spelling, alongside reading
● Removes barriers to children’s love of reading and writing
● Proven effective with students of all backgrounds, including low SES and ELL
● Uncomplicated training of teachers

Summer 2021 Jolly Phonics & Jolly Grammar webinars: June & August. 

Introduction to Jolly Phonics: A Game-Changing Approach to Phonics in PreK – 1

Monday June 21, 2021 10:00-12:00 OR Tuesday August 17, 2021 10:00-12:00 ET

Cost: $30 (Or see the registration form for discount for multiple staff members)

This webinar provides an eye-opening view into the reasons this approach to teaching reading and writing is so effective for students entering your classroom with varying skills. It also touches on the research (including some from schools in New England) that demonstrates the program’s effectiveness.

  • Utterly engaging for the children
  • Covers 42 sounds of English, not just the sounds of the 26 alphabet letters
  • Multi-sensory teaching of phonemic awareness and phonics
  • Seamlessly incorporates handwriting and spelling, alongside reading
  • Removes barriers to children’s love of reading and writing
  • Proven effective with students of all backgrounds, including low SES and ELL
  • Uncomplicated training of teachers

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Jolly Phonics Level 2 Webinar: Focus on the Fall Term of Jolly Phonics

Tuesday June 22, 2021 10:00-12:00 OR Tuesday August 18, 2021 10:00-12:00 ET

Cost:  $60 (Or see the registration form for discount for multiple staff members)

Prerequisite:  Attendance at a Jolly Phonics Introductory training, or by permission

Delve into the day-to-day lessons in Term 1 of the Jolly Phonics program:

  • Introducing and reviewing the initial 42 letter-sounds
  • Blending sounds for word reading
  • Letter formation
  • Segmenting words for spelling
  • Dictation
  • Teaching words with tricky parts
  • Role of decodable text
  • Home-School communication
  • Keeping track of progress

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Jolly Phonics Level 3 Webinar: Teaching Books 2 & 3 (Winter & Spring terms)

They have learned how to blend and spell 42 letter-sounds. What’s next?

Wednesday June 23, 2021 10:00-12:00 OR Wednesday August 25, 2021 10:00-12:00 ET

Cost:  $60 (Or see the registration form for discount for multiple staff members)

Prerequisite:  Attendance at a Jolly Phonics Introductory or Level 2 training, or by permission

  • Consolidating the 42 letter-sounds.
  • Teaching common alternative spellings like “a-e” and “igh.”
  • Letter names
  • Capital letters
  • Dictation
  • Books for beginning readers
  • More tricky words
  • From guided writing to independent writing

Jolly Phonics Presenter: Jennie Smith-Brock, M.S., Certified Jolly Phonics trainer.

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Jolly Grammar & Spelling for Grades 1 & 2

Thursday June 24, 2021  10:00-12:00 ET

Cost:  $60 (Or see the registration form for discount for multiple staff members)

Presenter: Rachel Griffin, certified Jolly Grammar trainer. Rachel has taught in England and in France and now she lives in Pennsylvania. She has completed the University of Kansas Reading Specialist program.

Jolly Grammar, which follows Jolly Phonics, provides teachers with a systematic and multi-sensory way to teach grammar and spelling. It uses actions and colors to help children identify parts of speech in sentences. Punctuation, morphemes, and sentence development are taught explicitly and address Common Core Language Standards. Jolly Grammar also focuses on extending children’s knowledge of the alphabetic code, beyond that covered in Jolly Phonics, to aid both spelling and reading skills.

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Jolly Grammar & Spelling for Grades 3 & 4 

Friday June 25, 2021  10:00-12:00 ET

Cost:  $60 (Or see the registration form for discount for multiple staff members)

This workshop will cover an overview of Grammar 3 and Grammar 4, and focus on a selection of the following topics: affixes, parts of speech, tenses, homophones, antonyms & synonyms, figures of speech, sentence construction, paragraph composition, and advanced spelling patterns such as “y” for /i/ and “gn” for /n/.

Jolly Grammar Presenter: Rachel Griffin, a certified Jolly Grammar trainer, has taught in England and France. She resides in Pennsylvania. She has completed the University of Kansas Reading Specialist program.

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Testimonials from parents and teachers:

We are seeing AMAZING results at the primary school. It is so exciting! In my 36 years of teaching, Jolly Phonics is the program that has had the MOST impact for students.

-Kelly Rich, educator at Windham Primary School (Maine)

 

The feedback from teachers about the Jolly Phonics workshops from Smith-Brock Phonics continues to be amazing.

-Stephanie Philips, Director of Curriculum, Burlington Public Schools (Vermont)

 

I truly cannot thank you enough for the amazing resources and information you’ve shared.  The program is going so well. We truly look forward to it each day.  Thank you so, so much!

-Caroline Councell, parent

 

In response to the question “What is your favorite part of Kindergarten?” many students responded “Jolly Phonics.”  The children love singing the songs and teaching family members about the letter sounds they have learned. 

– Juanita DeWitt, teacher (now retired), Portland Public Schools (Maine)

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Jolly Phonics

For the pre-K, Kindergarten, or 1st grade general education classroom,  Jolly Phonics drastically reduces the need for intervention or Special Education services for reading or writing. It is effective for RTI and Special Education, as well as for homeschoolers. Jolly Phonics has completely transformed the trajectory of children’s learning in schools in the United States and around the world. With its actions, stories, and songs for each of the 42 sounds of English, and its engaging blending and spelling activities, Jolly Phonics provides remarkable tools for children’s memory and understanding of the English writing system.

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