Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. For more information please visit the Jolly Phonics series publishers site. Online instructional videos are also available.

n

Tune of “Skip to My Lou”

Action:  Pretend to be a plane, with your arms out like wings, and saynnnnnnnnn.

Hear the airplane,
/nnn/!
Hear the airplane,
/nnn/!
Hear the airplane,
/nnn/!
…making lots of noise.

i

Tune of “Hickory Dickory Dock”

Action:  Pretend to be a mouse by wiggling your fingers at the end of your nose, like whiskers, and squeak,i,i,i,i.

Inky the mouse is my pet.
She spilled the ink and got wet.
The ink it spread
all over the desk.
/i/-/i/-/i/-/i/

 

t

Tune of “The Muffin Man”

Action:  Turn your head from side to side, as if you are watching tennis, and sayt,t,t,t.

When I watch the tennis game,
/t/-/t/-/t/,
/t/-/t/-/t/,
…when I watch the tennis game,
my head goes back and forth.

 

f

Tune of “Old MacDonald”

Action:  Let your hands come together gently, as if an inflatable fish is deflating, and sayfffff.

My friends and I went to the beach
with my floating fish.
It got a hole…
…the air came out.
/ffff/!

 

sh

Tune of “Where, Oh Where, has My Little Dog Gone?”

Action:  Place your index finger over your lips, and sayshshshsh.

Hush! Hush! Hush!
Don’t make a sound.
Be as quiet as you can be.
The baby’s asleep and I’m tired out.
Sh! /sh/-/sh/-/sh/-/sh/!

 

s

Tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”

Action:  Weave your hand in an ‘s’ shape, like a snake, and saysssssss.

The snake is in the grass.
The snake is in the grass.
/sss/! /sss/!
The snake is in the grass.

 

a

Tune of “Skip to My Lou”

Action:  Wiggle your fingers above the elbow, as if ants are crawling on you and saya a a a.

/a/-/a/! Ants on my arm.
/a/-/a/! Ants on my arm.
/a/-/a/! Ants on my arm.
They’re causing me alarm.