The secret to expanding your phonics games bank

When I first started teaching phonics, the teachers were given a small games bank of ideas for using in our phonics lessons. Later, I realised that, whilst some games (like duck duck goose) are really good for teaching phonics, the secret to expanding your phonics...

Using puppets in your phonics class

Puppets are often used to help with error correction in very young learner classes, because they can help correct errors in a way that doesn’t make the student feel self-conscious, or wrong. The above video shows a powerful application of that technique in a...

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 using phonics at school. Initially, the training I received made phonics seem really simple. Having begun a deep dive into literacy and phonics, I’m not so sure I feel that...