Creating a phonics curriculum

I’m very excited about my latest project of creating a phonics curriculum specifically for EFL very young learners. One of the reasons I want to take on this project is that most commercial phonics programs (like Jolly Phonics) are designed for native speakers...

All of the Jolly Phonics TPR actions demonstrated

Continuing the Jolly Phonics theme, here’s videos of all of the Jolly Phonics TPR actions (organised by group) demonstrated. Click on the drop down menu (with the triangle) at the top far side on the video to navigate between individual letters. Or, if you...

A Phonics Primer for New Teachers (Part 1)

When I first started teaching, I knew nothing about phonics because I wasn’t taught phonics at school. Initially, the training I received made it seem really simple. Having begun a deep dive into literacy and phonics, I’m not so sure I feel that way...

A phonics power hack

Here’s a quick tip a colleague showed me when I first started teaching. Sometimes you want to use words in your phonics classes that are CVCs, CCVCs, or that use a particular digraph or trigraph. Rather than trying to think of words that contain the particular...

Going all out with glitter!

  Let’s see the New Year out with some glitter! I’m currently in the process of making some mini flash cards alphabet letters out of glitter. I’m also going to use them on my virtual IWB for a variety of projects. And you can use them in your...