Jolly Phonics Decodable Readers Level 4 Inky Mouse & Friends - Bird House and other stories
The Jolly Phonics Decodable Readers are colorful and engaging. These leveled practice readers use decodable regular words (words that are made from the 42 letter sounds) and a small number of tricky words (frequently used words that are not fully decodable yet). Level 3 & 4 Readers are sequels to the Jolly Phonics program instruction. Inky Mouse & Friends are stories full of the antics of these friends.
There are six stories in this book. Each book begins with a review of sounds plus a listing of the tricky words. Each story concludes with comprehension questions that focus on "What was in the book?" and "What do you think?" Readers are 94 pgs.
The fourth of four levels of decodable books, providing the best start for children just starting to read. With three lively series in each level, children are able to practise their phonic skills while developing key reading skills.
The Bird House and other stories contains six engaging fiction stories and provides comprehension questions, discussion activities and guidance for parents. The stories in the book feature words that are spelled regularly, and can be sounded out with the 42 letter sounds first taught in Jolly Phonics.At every stage the words are within the reach of children as they use their letter sound knowledge and tricky words already taught.All the tricky words and letter sounds used are shown at the beginning of the book. Light type is used as a guide for any silent letters, such as /b/ in lamb. Level 4 provides revision of the alternative sound of /y/ used for the /ee/ sound at the end of words like funny and happy, the hop-over /e/' spellings of the long vowel sounds and introduces spellings of the long vowel sounds, /ay/ as in day, /ea/ as in seat, /y/ and /igh/ as in fly and high, /ow/ as in low and now, /ew/ as in dew, /oy/ as in joy, /ir/ and /ur/ as in bird and turn, and /al/, /au/ and /aw/ as in talk, pause and saw.
Stories included in the book:
- The Bird House
- Daisy and Buttercup
- The New Kitten
- An Inter-Hive Match
- The Maize Maze
- Beach Rescue
Additional extension activities:
- Say the Sounds
- Tricky Words
- Meet the Characters
- Book Review
- Character Review
*The Bird House and other stories is a paperback edition of the popular Jolly Phonics Readers, combining stories previously published as six individual books in the Level 4 Inky & Friends series*
The Decodable Readers are colorful and engaging sets of leveled practice readers available either as sets of individual books or as six stories bound into a single volume. Using decodable regular words (words that are made from the 42 letter sounds) and a small number of “tricky words” (frequently used words that are not fully decodable yet). Each level provides three types of stories (six tales per group): the fictional antics of Inky Mouse and Friends, non-fiction (Phonics’ Fantastic Facts), and general fiction stories (Snake’s Amazing Tales). Levels 1 & 2 complement the material being taught in the Jolly Phonics program. Levels 3 & 4 are sequels to that series. Complete Sets provide small individual books while each Decodable Reader has six stories per book. Each book begins with a review of sounds plus a listing of Tricky Words. Each story concludes with comprehension questions that focus on “What was in the book?” and “What do you think?”. Readers are 94 pgs. pb.
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 true 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, however, provides the same exact content as the colorful Student Books and Teacher Book. All student content in the Handbook is reproducible, and the book can be used by itself or alongside any of the other, more colorful components. 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. Afterwards, the main alternatives 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 3-4 (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 a 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.
Programs in this section go beyond teaching children how to read, incorporating phonetic readers, spelling and writing as well. Arranged roughly by grade/age.