Finger Phonics Set of Books 1-7 w/ Print Ltrs

Finger Phonics Set of Books 1-7 w/ Print Ltrs

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Item #: 029223
ISBN: 9781844141524
Grades: PK-1

Product Description:

The seven books in the Jolly Phonics Finger Phonics series correspond to the Jolly Phonics letter order. These are beefy board books with delightful, colorful illustrations. Each has print letter cut-outs that allow for finger-tracing - a satisfying tactile experience. A dot shows the origin point and arrows direct the flow - preparing your child for writing.

Letter/sound introduction is a bit unusual in Jolly Phonics and is in this order.

  • #1 - s, a, t, i, p, n
  • #2 - c/k, e, h, r, m, d
  • #3 - g, o, u, l, f, b
  • #4 - ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
  • #5 - z, w, ng, v, oo (two sounds)
  • #6 - y, x, ch, sh, th (two sounds)
  • #7 - qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

Publisher Description:

Finger Phonics Books 1-7 (in print letters) is the complete set of 7 books covering all the 42 letter sounds. Each of these 14-page board books deal with one group of letter sounds. A fun action is given for every letter sound. Cut-out letters on each page show children’s fingers the correct formation for every letter. Also included at the end of each book are a number of activities that children can complete to reinforce their letter sound skills.

Category Description for Jolly Phonics:

Kids will have a jolly good time learning to read with this well-constructed program which originated in Great Britain. With the help of winsome Inky Mouse and her friends, Snake (a truly lovable snake if there ever was one) and Bee, five skills are taught in tandem throughout the program and at three age levels. Each level reviews and expands upon the previous content. A truly spiral program.

    Stories Board Book plus Activities Books (ages 3+)
    Finger Phonics plus Workbooks and Level 0 Readers (ages 4+)
    Student Books plus Decodable Readers (ages 5+)

These each cover the same seven groupings of 42 letter sounds (non-alphabetical). These groupings and progression allow immediate decoding of many words. Accompanying skills are: learning letter sounds, learning letter formation (handwriting), blending, identifying the sounds in words, and learning tricky (irregular) words.

The lesson material is straight-forward, but fun. Stories of the three friends provide the context for all the instructional information. Children learn via visual, auditory, and tactile-kinesthetic modes (for instance, sky writing and finger-tracing of letters). Letter sounds are introduced along with a set of movements that serve as mnemonic devices. All program components are high quality, well-designed, and easy to use; most are brightly colored.

The black and white Phonics Handbook provides an interesting low-cost option particularly for a class, however. It similar content to the colorful Student Books and Teacher Book minus the winsome mascot characters but the content in the Handbook is reproducible. The Handbook can be used by itself or alongside any of the other, more colorful components. Note: You do not need to have the Handbook in order to use the Student and Teacher Books.

Letter introduction in this series is a bit unusual and in the following order:

    #1: s, a, t, i, p, n
    #2: c/k, e, h, r, m, d
    #3: g, o, u, l, f, b
    #4: ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
    #5: z, w, ng, v, oo (two sounds)
    #6: y, x, ch, sh, th (two sounds)
    #7: qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

All materials follow this order and most have components that are numbered accordingly (i.e. Finger Phonics Books 1-7). Initially only one way of representing each sound is presented. Later, the main alternatives spellings are covered. For example, at first the long a sound is taught with the /ai/ spelling as in rain. Later the alternatives /ay/ as in day, and /a_e/ as in came are taught.

The spiral nature of the components provides interesting options. You can begin at any of the age levels. Instruction builds within a level but each level also reviews all previously taught concepts so you won’t miss any content. There is overlap in terms of appeal between the levels for certain components (i.e. Songs) meaning some of the media items can be used for the PK level as well as K. In general, the components for each level are as follows:

    Ages 3+ (PK): Stories Board Book and Activities Book. Also enjoyed: DVD, Songs Book/CD, Letter Sound Poster
    Ages 4+ (K4): Finger Phonics Books 1-7, Workbooks 1-7, and Decodable Readers Level 0. Also enjoyed: DVD, Songs Book/CD, Letter Sounds Poster, Word Book
    Ages 5+ (K): Student Books 1-3, Teacher Book, Decodable Readers Levels 1-2. Also enjoyed: Word Book, Dictionary, Blend Wheels.
    Ages 6+ (1): Decodable Readers Levels 3-5 (plus Jolly Grammar Level 1).

Rainbow Resource has packages geared to these levels.

There are several apps for smartphones and tablets available at the respective app stores. Some are free and some require a small fee. Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds, Jolly Phonics Lessons, Jolly Songs, and an app for teachers.

In summary, Jolly Phonics is an excellent program whether beginning with a PK or K student. In a relatively short time, they will be reading and writing. It goes much deeper than most beginning phonics programs, though stops just little short of a complete K-2 program. Follow up with Jolly Grammar for a solid grammar and spelling program that expands upon the phonics program and provides excellent language arts instruction.

Category Description for Complete Programs - Phonics:

Programs in this section go beyond teaching children how to read, incorporating phonetic readers, spelling and writing as well. Arranged roughly by grade/age.

Category Description for PHONICS PROGRAMS:

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I have successfully taught 3 children to read and write English and one of whom was ESL I am very pleased with the resultsThese finger books are a compliment to the program for me they are a must have though the handbook is enough I didn't have any trouble with the differences in the way we pronounce words at home and the British variant I just pointed it out and it was no big dealPerhaps my kids (homeschooled) being used to hearing English spoken with a variety of accents because we live in a high expat population environment it was just as well to find it so in the booksThe finger books provide glossy engaging 2 page spread pictures to introduce each letter soundThey are hard cover books and provide much of the visual kinaesthetic and auditory part of the programme I usually introduced each letter sound with the finger book The kids' attention would be held by the picture while I told the introduction storyI always tweaked this story to our taste using themes and adding characters my kids could relate tooThe letter sound would come up in the story which I followed up with the song in the jingles and the letter sound actionEach page had a grooved outline of the letter in lower case as well as words to practice blending The kids loved tracing the grooves I guess for the novelty of the feeling as well as for seeing if they would get it right The grooves have arrows showing how to form the letters and after a few demonstration s they caught on intuitively but they were so pleased to be applauded for something they thought they did all by themselves so much that letter formation became another highlight of the day second only the story the song and action It was so effective my daughter learnt all the letter sounds at the age of 25yrsInfact one of the best things about jolly phonics is that its not rigidIt's delivery is easily adjusted to meet the pupil's Learning styleWith the handbook I had to prepare each lesson I did not start teaching reading and writing simultaneously I did just reading till each was read CVC words then I started teaching how to form the letters in the same sequence s a t while learning the digraph sounds Jolly phonics now has a variant presentation The handbook has sort of been split into a teachers manual and a pupil book which has reduced teacher prep down to very littleThe teacher book has all the valuable instruction about how to teach phonics as well as daily lesson plans for 3 pupil books The 3 pupil books have all the necessary components blending writing decoding tricky words in ready made lessons It removes the need for teacher preparation but reduces flexibility I like having both I love love jolly phonics
February 7, 2014

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