Jolly Toddlers – A Prelude to Jolly Phonics.

Jolly Toddlers – A Prelude to Jolly Phonics.

(For Very Young Learners – Nursery Stages)

With Independent Teacher Trainer & Literacy Consultant Beki Wilson.

Saturday 2nd September from 9:30 to 13:30

At the Work&Wifi, Calle Princesa 22, 1ºIzq, Madrid.

Cost: 65 euros per person (Fun Phonics Teacher Guide worth 25included).

Jolly Toddlers is a practical-based course that has been designed to precede the formal Jolly

Phonics programme. It has been specifically adapted in order to be able to introduce early

reading and writing skills in a natural manner with the Nursery stages (2-4 year olds).

Through the use of topics, language play, songs, art and role-play, it is possible for Very

Young Learners to become aware of how sounds are linked to letters and words, creating

positive reading and writing experiences from the earliest stages in preschool. Exposure to the

English language using a natural and fun approach also helps to develop and reinforce skills

such as pronunciation, vocabulary, language comprehension and acquisition essential for ESLlearners.

Included in the training is a free copy of The Fun Phonics Framework (worth 25), an

informal teacher/parent guide that offers weekly planning ideas and activities covering the

first 42 initial letter sounds that are later formally introduced in the Jolly Learning


This simple teacher guide can be used at home by parents or at school by teachers as it

covers the introduction of basic literacy concepts for Very Young Learners to be used over

the period of 1-2 years or as and when required, using a multi-sensory approach to teaching

through everyday, accessible activities.

Links are provided to appropriate Jolly Phonics resources such as the Finger Phonics story

books, puppets and Jolly Songs, as well as how to adapt or use these resources with very

young children. Further links are provided through playground songs and musical games which

are also covered in the Jolly Music programme.

Popular Early Years themes and ESL topics related to the external English exams are also

included in the Framework, as well as suggested vocabulary lists, blending and segmenting

ideas, popular children´s literature and more than 200 creative activity ideas that can be

adapted and used in any educational setting.

This course has been specifically designed for nursery and preschool teachers of English,

although everyone is welcome and no background knowledge or experience is required.

Beki Wilson has been teaching young (ESL) learners in Madrid for more than 17 years. She

currently works as a full-time teacher trainer and literacy consultant for schools, teachers,

universities and Local Educational Authorities in Spain.

© 2016 Beki Wilson

Jolly Toddlers – A Prelude to Jolly Phonics Timetable

9:25 – 9:40


9:40 – 11:30

Why pre-reading skills are necessary for Very Young Leaners.

Jolly Phonics: how to introduce appropriate pre-reading and writing skills with 2-

4 year olds without using worksheets!

How to use the Framework: suggested links to the first year of the formal Jolly

Phonics programme and age-appropriate materials and resources.

Why stories and reading aloud are essential for young children, especially in ESL

settings: Examples of the Finger Phonics books and popular children´s literature.

Music and movement: songs, rhymes, chants and links to Jolly Music.

Ideas for reinforcing fine and gross motor skills using “marking” techniques,

finger games and art & crafts.

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee break.

11:45 – 13:20

Examples of simple, fun and creative activity ideas for home or in the classroom.

Introducing a formal Synthetic Phonics reading and writing programme (Jolly


13:20 – 13:30

Time for questions.

The Fun Phonics Spain teacher guides are presented.

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