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 25€ included).
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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