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Spelling City – Jolly Grammar spelling lists

Posted by speldsa on February 4, 2015

Jan Polkinghorne has updated her Jolly Grammar spelling lists in Spelling City. The following information gives you easy access to the lists so that your students can practice their spelling at home and/or school.

Spelling City has recently changed the way you search for lists.  The easiest way to now get to Jolly Grammar lists is use the URL below.

Spelling City www.spellingcity is a great free way for students to work on their spelling words at home or at school.

Spelling lists for of Jolly Grammar 1- 5 been created. URLs below.







Just give students or parents the URL for their child’s Jolly Grammar level and provide them with the number of the list each week.  There are some advantages to parents to register at Spelling City.  It is free and takes very little time.

Spelling City does not stop at just teaching spelling.  Check out the free vocab and grammar games at http://www.vocabulary.co.il/ .


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Spelling City Jolly Grammar Wordlists

Posted by speldsa on January 16, 2013

Jan Polkinghorne has kindly created spelling lists for Schools using Jolly Grammar.
Spelling City lists are now available for Jolly Grammar 3. …

Go to www.spellingcity.com/Find-A-Spelling-List.html

Search by username for jollygrammar3 (lowercase and no spaces)
Jolly Grammar 1 lists search for jollygrammar  ( lowercase no spaces)
Jolly Grammar 2 lists search for 2jollygrammar ( lowercase no spaces)


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Making the most of your Jolly Phonics Budget

Posted by speldsa on December 16, 2010

Making the most of your Jolly Phonics Budget

A list of resources in our recommended order of importance/value/usefulness

 1. The Phonics Handbook 

Jolly Phonics can be taught with just one resource: The Phonics Handbook.

It includes everything you need to know and/or photocopy to get the program up and running.

If the budget will stretch to visuals for the classroom, next on our list is

2.  The Wall frieze of 42 sounds







3. SPELD SA Letter Sound Booklets

 These are photocopiable materials that provide practice with the formation and sounding of each grapho-phoneme and additional opportunities to trace and copy the correct formation of the graphemes.

4. Flash Cards – of letter sounds and words

We recommend you make your own flash cards, using the words in the Word Boxes on pp 137-148 of the handbook, enlarging them to a suitable size and laminating them. 

Lists of words can also be taken from the Jolly Phonics Word Book.

 5.  SPELD SA Phonic Books

The Jolly Phonics program recommends the teaching of letter sounds and blending techniques before students are asked to read books for themselves. This approach helps children understand that there is a code to reading and that most words can be worked out.

The SPELD SA Phonic Books contain short texts to consolidate the learning of the sounds following the order used in Jolly Phonics. There are 57 texts available free on the SPELD SA website at speld-sa.org.au. We recommend creating, or purchasing, hard copies of the readers to give students the experience of holding a book in their hands, and reading the words without help as they turn the pages.

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Interactive Websites

Posted by speldsa on February 12, 2010

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy.html#3  Sites like this one have a great number of interactive games which can be used as class activitites if you have an IWB with web access, but don’t stop there.  They can be used as an additional activity when the class are doing group activities – have a small group on the IWB or use a laptop or computer in the back of the room.  They are also great for publishing via  a newsletter or a Jolly Phonics corner on the school website to enable students to play them at home for additional practise.   If you have found a great website post it here to share with others. Woodlands site is great because it has activities for all levels and abilities.  A brief comment next to the web address indicating level and focus is very helpful to those reading it.

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The Importance of Constant Revision for Jolly Phonics

Posted by speldsa on February 12, 2010

Letter sound revision activities

As the new letter sounds are introduced children need to constantly revise all sounds they have learnt thus far.  This needs to be done by a mixture of flashcard drill ( cardbord flash cards, Power Point flash cards, IWB flashcards), table games, worksheets and physically active games like sound rounders.  These activities need to be short, varied and fun.  Often the best ones are those that take the least preparation.  Keep your eye on this site over the next few weeks and we will post some new games and websites to help you achieve this end.

It would be great if you can add some comments and share activities that work in your room  or websites you find helpful.  The more everyone shares the less work we all have to do.

 Running to the correct letter: pin up some large letter sounds in the corners of the hall. Call out one of the sounds and get the children to run to the correct corner.

Letter circles: draw letters inside circles on the playground and call out the sounds. Each child has to try and get into the correct circle before the others! At playtime, the children will often make up their own little activities, using these letter circles.

Creative letters: get the children to paint the letters, or make the letters from plasticine or dough.

Fishing for letters: write letters on fish-shaped pieces of cardboard, pin a paperclip to each one and make a fishing rod with a magnet on the end. The children take it in turns to fish for a letter and then say its sound. The fish is kept if the sound is correctly identified. At the end of the game, the fishes are counted and the child with the most fish is the winner. Alternatively, children can play a similar game on the Jolly Phonics CD-ROM.

Sound Box: write the known letters on separate pieces of paper and place them in a box. The children pair up taking it in turns to pick out letters and say the sounds.

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Timesaver tip – Be specific when you Google worksheets

Posted by speldsa on June 10, 2009

Don’t waste time creating new worksheets, there are plenty on the internet for free. They can easily be adapted for your needs and used on interactive whiteboards.

Google search will be much more effective if you are very precise in your search. (e.g. if you need a work sheet for the sound ‘sh” use the search term free worksheet+ sh

A great site to get you started http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/

Feel free to share websites you have found useful for teaching Jolly phonics in your comments to this post.

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