Just a quick note for parents new to the phonics method of teaching the alphabet. It was only when my daughter first started school that I took and interest in phonics, and when I first heard of Jolly Phonics, the phonics method her school utilises. I admit I was always skeptical of phonics, having been taught "old school". Jolly Phonics teaches the "sounds" of letters first (see below), rather than the names. This, to me, always seemed a rather strange way of doing things. However, I am now over this skepticism and am a convert to this new method. What surprised me was just how quick my daughter was able to understand the letters, how to went together, and how to use those "sounds" to spell words. Indeed, she has just completed a Primary 5 spelling test online and actually got 70% correct! I do believe it is down to the Jolly Phonics way of learning letters sounds.

To start, the children are taught most of the sounds of the individual letters (not alphabetically), then what is termed digraphs (when two letters together make a specific sound). There are 42 letter sounds, taught through the individual letters and the digraphs. Every other combination of letters will make one of these specific sounds, so only the initial 42 sounds are taught to begin with.

This is the approach I took when making the worksheets. Each vowel will eventually have it's long and short sound, c and g will have the hard and soft sound, and there will be worksheets for all the digraphs (two letter sounds) and trigraphs (three letter sounds). If you wish to follow this method of learning, or if this is the method your child's school uses, then the order, so far, to follow the worksheets is as follows:

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

More can be found on Jolly Phonics at Jolly Learning.

To learn the sounds of the letters and graphemes, please see below.

All our worksheets and resources are in pdf format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat or a similar pdf reader software.

A pdf reference fact sheet for those unfamiliar with the phonics teaching method, to see what order one method has for learning the sounds and what each letter and grapheme sound is. There are other orders and methods being used in schools, but since this is what my daughter is learning I decided to stick with what I knew best.


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