A taste of Jolly Phonics @ TLC

Jolly Phonics @ The Learning Circle

2020-21 Schedule - Click here
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What is Jolly Phonics?

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.


How does Jolly Phonics work?

Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.

What letter-sound order is followed?

The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.


The five skills taught in Jolly Phonics:

1.Learning the letter sounds

Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.


2.Learning letter formation

Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.



Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.


4.Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting)

Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.


5.Tricky words

Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

To learn more about the Jolly Phonics method, click here.


Jolly Phonics @ TLC

Ages: 4-8


In The Learning Circle English Center in Modiin, children aged 4 to 8 can participate in English literacy chugim based on the proven Jolly Phonics (synthetic phonics) method. Chugim are conducted by Alana Stern, certified Jolly Phonics instructor and English teacher, with a diploma in remedial English literacy. Activities are run in small groups, according to age and literacy level. "Jolly Phonics @ The Learning Circle" is designed to boost English literacy for children at all levels, from beginners to emergent readers, using the renowned phonics method. 


Content: Based on the Jolly Phonics program; at beginner and emergent reader levels.


Suitable for: Native or near-native speaking children (including children with one or two English-speaking parents). The chug is also ideal for new olim.Jolly Phonics @ The Learning Circle is fully insured according to the law.



2020-21 Schedule:







Weekday afternoon sessions for various age groups for 45 minutes.


The gan hova structure follows this pattern:

  • 15 minutes review via games

  • 15 minutes introduction of new letter via story, song and multi-sensory play

  • 15 minutes table work, applying new knowledge


The 1st-2nd grade groups follow this structure:

  • 5-10 minutes game to review tricky (sight) words/spelling patterns

  • 20-30 minutes advanced phonics and tricky words taught in conjunction with reading comprehension

  • 10 minutes developing writing skills


Schedule is provisional and subject to change 


Beginners Gan Hova:

Tues/Wed 4:45-5:30

These groups are suitable for:

  • gan hova kids who are total beginners

  • kids who may know their letter sounds but have not had much experience with blending letters into words. 

Intermediate First Grade:

Tues 4:00-4:45 or Wed 5:30-6:15

This group is suitable for kids who:

  • have done a year of English chug and/or

  • can blend 3-4 letter words such as cat, man, plum, lamp.

2nd Grade:

Tues. 5:30-6:15

This group is suitable for:

  • Kids who have graduated from my 1st grade chug.

  • Kids who know long vowel sounds, can read sentences and are ready to improve fluency, spelling and writing. ​


Private lessons for remedial reading may also be scheduled.


For more information, or to schedule a new group or private lesson, email tlcmodiin@gmail.com


Check out our photo gallery for pictures of some of our activities.






Copyright 2013 Alana Stern