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Jolly Jingles Arlene Grierson Illustrated by Lib Stephen The Jolly Jingles have been developed to provide a connected reading experience to reinforce the 42 letter sounds introduced in Jolly Phonics. Exposing beginning readers to each of the letter-sound relationships in written examples enables teachers to create a multi-level learning experience. While some children are focusing on the sounds, others are able to work on reading the words of the Jingles. The Jingles combine music with the multisensory approach used in The Phonics Handbook. They can be sung with the CD or read to the class. The tune for each Jingle is given at the bottom of the page. Some suggestions for using the Jolly Jingles: Sounds Each Jingle focuses on a specific letter sound. Once the class has read through a Jingle, hunt for the targeted sound together. The children can do the action for the sound each time it is heard and note its position in each word. Once all of the letter sounds have been introduced alternative spellings of the vowel sounds can be reviewed with the Jingles. The alternative spellings of the /ai/ vowel sound, for example, are “ay” and “a-e”. Actions The action for each sound is given on the appropriate page. As well as using this action each time they say the sound in a Jingle, the children can act out the words they are singing. For example, when singing the /ie/ Jingle, The Captain, the children can begin by mimicking the captain’s walk, moving their arms at their sides as if they are marching. During the second line the children wave to each other, then they stand to attention and salute during the last lines of the Jingle. Print Concepts Repeated reading of the Jolly Jingles provides children with opportunities to observe key features of print. Help them to develop an understanding of tracking print (left to right and top to bottom), and one-to-one word correspondence, by pointing to the words of the Jingles as they are read and sung. Once the children know a Jingle, have them match paper strips containing words, phrases and/or sentences from a Jingle to this book. Looking at the text with the children also allows the teacher to point out examples of tricky words or spelling patterns covered recently. Phonemic Awareness The use of rhyme and alliteration, in the Jolly Jingles, provides opportunities to play with sounds and develop phonemic awareness. Emphasize and exaggerate the rhymes and alliteration as you read and sing the Jingles. Once the children have learned the words to a rhyming Jingle, play games such as thinking of rhyming words which could be substituted for those in the Jingle. Magic Letters Vowels are the most difficult sounds for children to learn. The Magic Letters Jingle uses the letter names rather than the sounds to help children learn to identify the vowels and learn that there must be a vowel sound in each word. Introduce the Magic Letters Jingle early in the year and sing it regularly.

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Aa Ants When all of the ants Are on the ground I do not make a single sound But when the ants crawl on my arm I say “a, a, a” ‘til they all crawl away.

ACTION Wiggle fingers above elbows as if ants crawling on you, and say a, a, a!

Tune: This Old Man

Ee Crack The Egg As everyone we know can tell We can’t eat an egg in the shell. We say “e, e, e” as clear as a bell And crack the shell open so well.


Pretend to hold egg with one hand, as if cracking it against the side of a bowl or pan. Use both hands to open the shell, saying eh, eh, eh.

Tune: If You’re Happy And You Know It

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