Adella & Co.

Jolly Phonics


Adella completed her first year of pre-school last spring (which she loved), and will attend the same school for another year before entering kindergarten. We understand that the first year of pre-school is geared more towards social d
evelopment and getting comfortable being in a classroom, away from Mimi ;o). However, Adella showed a lot of interest in reading and writing, especially during the last month of school (figures). We didn’t push her to do much at home, but we always made sure to read books everyday and occasionally talk about letters and the sounds they make. I was concerned with the coming summer that she would forget everything she learned in school – especially since she started catching onto writing towards the end of the school year. Luckily, a good friend of mine, Katie Kohn, returned from her year-long stay in Czech where she taught Jolly Phonics: a multi-sensory, systematic phonics system. Katie shares:

“Jolly Phonics teaches 42 sounds (not just the alphabet) including digraphs such as ai. ou, oi, ee…..  Every sound has a story, song and action that goes with it. Jolly Phonics can be introduced at age 3 and goes through Kindergarten. It is then followed by Jolly Grammar.  It was created in England and is used in numerous schools in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It is also found in over 100 Countries!  It is research based and best of all super fun!”

It sounded like a perfect way to keep Adella interested in learning to read and write over the summer. After checking out some of Katie’s materials, and seeing how much her own 4 year-old daughter loved it, I decided to give it a try. I purchased the “Jolly Stories” book, a few workbooks and the “Jolly Songs” CD.  Jolly Phonics is not taught in alphabetical order; it is taught in 7 rows of 6 sounds, the first row is S,A, T, I, P, N. After learning just 6 sounds Adella started to blend and read words such as sat, pin, tip, pan, spin, snap, pat, nap….


Adella is just as thrilled as we are, and her confidence soared after learning the first 6 sounds. She now begs me to do Jolly Phonics everyday! We usually work on three letters at a time; reading the story, singing the songs, and writing in her workbooks. Nolan enjoys singing the songs too, and Adella teaches him all of the actions that go along with them… perfect!

Jolly Learning ( ) and Katie are hoping to bring the program into schools in California. They are offering 6 public schools a FREE pilot program which includes free materials and free training for teachers! The Jolly Phonics materials include: song books and cds, workbooks, story books, leveled readers, puppets, interactive whiteboard software, DVD’s, computer games CD, resource CD and more! It is intended for school use but the materials can also be purchased for in home use.

Katie is a California Credentialed Multiple subject teacher with MA Education. She has taught in the US, Czech Rep and Finland (for over 10 years).

To purchase in the US and for more information please contact Katie Kohn.
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  •  Orders over $5000 get a FREE 4 hour training (Simply pay the travel expenses of the trainer)
  • Orders over $2000 get a FREE 1 hour training via web (Skype or Apple Face Time)
  • Orders over $1000 get a FREE 30 minute training via web (Skype or Apple Face Time)
  • Orders over $200 receive a FREE Jolly Songs Book and CD








For longtime Breezy Mama readers, you may remember Katie helping us get our bodies back into shape post-baby. Today, since her kids are getting older (and staying in school longer days), Katie is doing less training and more of her “real” job of teaching. (Katie has a Multiple Subjects Credential and a Masters in Education.) She says that the Jolly Phonics program is “. . . the best I’ve seen in my 10 years of teaching in 3 different countries.”

From Katie:

I am happy to introduce an amazing synthetic phonics program that will get your child reading and writing up to 1 year ahead of their peers!  Jolly Phonics is a multi-sensory phonics program that isused in over 100 countries around the world, with over half a dozen using Jolly Phonics as government policy.  The English government has made synthetic phonics government policy for delivering early literacy and Jolly Phonics is a recommended resource.

Jolly Phonics is backed up by rigorous research. There have been several academic studies: at the University of Toronto in Canada, in London and in Scotland.  All studies found that after a year of use, on average, the students reading age was a year ahead and spelling slightly further. The boys did as well as the girls, and there was no difference for English Language Learners vs Native English speakers.  The number of children requiring remedial help was dramatically reduced using Jolly Phonics, and it was proven beneficial for children with Special Education needs.  Jolly Phonics is a 3-year program that can start in Preschool or Kindergarten.

I have been teaching on and off for 10 years (off while my kids were young) in 3 different countries!  I am now bringing back an amazing gift from Europe! Jolly Phonics is the best phonics system I have seen in the 3 countries I have taught in (US, Czech and Finland).  Each sound (42 of them in the English Language) has a story, song and action that go with it.  It therefore reaches all the learning modalities (auditory, visual and kinesthetic).  After learning the first 6 sounds (s, a, t, i, p, n) the children are blending and reading words like sat, pin, tip, at, nip….  This makes the children confident readers after only a few lessons!  All of the materials (workbooks, story books, DVDs, interactive software, games, flashcards, etc.) are available for schools or in home use.  If you would like any information about Jolly Phonics feel free to email me. I can show you the resources and order anything you need for your child.   Jolly Phonics is designed to start at Age 3 and continues for 3 years! Please help me spread the word about Jolly Phonics and make reading and writing fun for our little ones!

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