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I've taught both Letters and Sounds (in a previous school) and Jolly Phonics (in my current school). Jolly Phonics is a good scheme for introducing the phonemes as the children in my class really enjoy the storylines and Jolly Songs and they have been very effective in helping children with GPC, but it does have its limits and the Jolly Readers are a bit boring.
I have used JP to teach the phonemes but incorporated L&S's phase 1 oral segmenting and blending activities and some of L&S's phase 2,3 and 4 activities. Also websites such as Busy Things, Phonics Play and TES I Board have good IWB phonics activities (we love Busy Things in my class!).
The government are match funding phonics resources so if you are buying into a scheme this might help with the costs.
If you haven't had recent phonics training it would be well worth your while to spend some of the budget on it. Proper enunciation of the phonemes is something I wish all teachers and early years practitioners would train on (and parents if I had my way!)......sorry digressed there.
I have observed Ruth Miskin Phonics being taught and it completely bored me to death!.......it could have just been how the teacher taught it though.
Also not a fan of RWI Ruth Miskin(agree about the boring ) but it does get results and is better than THRASS in my opinion which strictly speaking isn't synthetic phonics.
If you are in Spain I suggest that you contact Coral George here: http://coralgeorge.com/
Hi, I haveused all threee RMI, Letters and Soudns and Jolly phonics.
I think there are pros and cons to all 3. Our reading levels in school were significantly below expected, so RWI was brought in across the board. I have to say it did increase our reading levels a lot across the school, however i dont feel it had the same effect on the chidlrens writing. Sessions are very perscripted and can get boring i agree. It was good to teach letter formation, but did not (in my opinion) give the chidlren enough opportunities to apply their knowledge.
I know teach using letters and sounds, but i also use jolly phonics. I use the jolly phonics songs and JP images and teaching resources. i sometimes yse the teaching material from the JP interactive CD that we bought as they are very interactive and the chidlren enjoy the rhymes.
Hope this helps!
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