Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar *Review


Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
jollyliteracy.com and just2ducks LLC has over 40 years combined teaching experience. What a great team of teachers to design Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar.
We were blessed with products for review, and I utilized them with my reluctant reader.


I received:
Jolly Phonics Teacher's Book in print letters
  • Jolly Phonics Student Book 1, 2 and 3
  • Jolly Grammar 1 Teacher's Book in print letters
  • Jolly Grammar 1 Student Book
  • Jolly Songs in print letters


  • Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Jolly Phonics Student Book 1, 2, and 3 will teach letter sounds, blending, and segmenting. Jolly Phonics book 1 begins at the very beginning with letter sounds. They do not introduce them alphabetically, but rather in an order that the student can quickly read words based on the letters they have learned so far. The workbook has them writing the letter and sounding out simple words. We chose to write the words from each page on an index card to use for review later in the afternoon.




    My 8 year old seemed to have forgotten all he knew over the summer, so rather than skipping Book1, we went ahead and used it. It was a great refresher for him, and he was able to do upward of 4 letters a day. The lessons themselves are very short and sweet. Easily can get done in under 10 minutes, which does help with students who don't prefer worksheets.

    Each sound that is introduced, has a short story to go with it. Within that story is a memory jogger to help the student do an action with a sound to remember it. These stories are taking and put into song form to help aid the student through listening.

    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    My 8 year old didn't really enjoy the songs, as they were a bit 'babyish' for him. My 2 year old though enjoyed them! We will keep playing it for her and she will quickly learn her sounds.

    All of the information for teaching is included in the Teacher Book so there is no guessing what or how much to do for a lesson.

    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    The beginning of the Teacher's Book gives helpful information for teaching letter sounds, how to write the letters, learning how to blend sounds for reading,and  identifying sounds in word.
    Student Book 1 primarily focuses on lower case letters. Student Book 2 focuses on capital letters. There is quite a bit of emphasis on Tricky Words which I really enjoyed. I think these are ones that really need the focus. There are fun activities, a place to write words dictated, and emphasis on digraphs and blends. Book 3 continues where Book 2 left off and gets into some harder words.

    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review


    After Jolly Phonic is complete, you move into Jolly Grammar. We didn't get into the Grammar portion as we were still working through Jolly Phonics. The Jolly Grammar has structured lesson plans just like Jolly Phonics did. The emphasis is on Grammar and Spelling. There are additional extension activities that may require art supplies but it seems most you will already have on hand.
    Jolly Grammar did have some things the teacher needs to do in preparation, like getting word walls reading and flash cards. Nothing too crazy.


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    Friday, August 19, 2016

    FlipStir Puzzle Review


    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

    Enlivenze LLC has some great 3D puzzles including the FlipStir Puzzle Tyrannosaurus Rex which we recently reviewed.
    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
    Geared for ages 7 and up, this puzzle is unique in that it is all self contained. This unique puzzle has 10 pieces, each with a part of the complete picture on it. They are in a cylindrical, enclosed container that has a wand attached to the lid to help maneuver the pieces.

    Using gravity, the wand, and movement, you get the pieces in the correct order to make the picture which is conveniently pictured on the bottom of the FlipStir Puzzle.


     This guy is 8, and it was certainly more of a challenge for him to work the puzzle than his 14 year old brother. He was glad to keep the box around as he really liked looking at the photo on the box rather than on the bottom of the FlipStir Puzzle.


    It took him maybe 20 mins to complete the puzzle. He was so proud to have figured it out. I think it would be fun to set a timer and see if he can do it quicker each time. This would be perfect to have a contest with the kids to see who can do it the quickest, and even include Dad in the challenge.



    These puzzles help teach critical thinking, and special relations. There are 2 puzzles in Level 1, including this T-Rex. The other is Rainbow Pencils. There are 3 puzzles in Level 2. They include The Statue of Liberty, The Periodic Table, and The Solar System.

    No pieces to loose! Great for road trips, or those 'waiting times'. Small enough to put in a purse or bag for on the go. I love having things for my kids to do if we are waiting in the doctor office, and this is great for a variety of ages.

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