Spelling Strategies: Supporting the Jolly Grammar One Program with the School Start Spelling Case
Who is this program for?
This program is for teachers who use the Jolly Grammar One Program in their classroom and would like to implement a ‘hands-on’ style of learning to increase their students’ word knowledge and spelling strategies.
It is also suitable for tutors, parents, school support staff and undergraduate teachers who would like to learn more about the Jolly Grammar One program.
What will I need to use the program in my classroom?
Each student in your class will need their own School Start Spelling Case to participate in the lessons.
The teacher just needs the lesson guide, which has step-by-step instructions to follow.
What will I learn in this program and workshop?
This program teaches you how to use the School Start Spelling Case to support the Jolly Grammar One program in a fun, hands-on way. You will be guided through 36 lessons, which support the 36 weeks of the Jolly Grammar One program.
Each lesson in the Spelling Strategies Program provides you with step-by-step instructions that use the resources inside the School Start Spelling case. Your students simply listen and follow your instructions using their very own case.
Each lesson follows the same 5 simple steps, ensuring each runs smoothly.
- Step 1: Students use the magnetic letters to learn a specific spelling strategy and revise spelling strategies taught in previous lessons. You simply read out the step-by-step instructions, and your students follow along using their own School Start Spelling Case.
- Step 2: Students use the whiteboard marker to practise the letter formation of a particular letter/sound or to revise alternate letter patterns for a particular sound from previous weeks.
- Step 3: Students use the whiteboard to practise their weekly spelling from the Jolly Grammar One program. You simply read out the list and encourage your students to correct any errors and try again when needed – the whiteboards make this easy to do!
- Step 4: Students make the two weekly tricky words from the Jolly Grammar One program with magnetic letters and then ‘mix and make’ the words until they have memorised the correct spelling. You then revise tricky words from previous weeks for the children to write on their whiteboard.
- Step 5: Pack up the School Start Spelling Case and put it away, ready for the next lesson.
Each child in your classroom uses their own School Start Spelling case to learn:
- Digraph revision from the Jolly Phonics program
- Alternate letter patterns from the Jolly Grammar One program
- Hear and blend sounds, particularly consonant blends
- Break words into sounds and syllables
- Spelling rules related to making words plural
- Spelling rules related to the vowel letters and their long and short sound
- Spelling rules related to why we add a ‘magic e’ or a ‘silent e’ to the end of words
- Spelling rules related to adding prefixes and suffixes to words
- Spelling rules related to when we use ‘ck’ and ‘k’ at the end of words
- Spelling rules related to why we double consonants in words
- Spelling rules related to the semi-vowel ‘y’
Why should I choose to use this program in my classroom?
√ Increase participation and understanding
Since each child is following your instructions with their own case, they are ALL participating and completing the activities together. This allows you to monitor and offer scaffolding when needed, while also making sure every child is listening and learning. It’s a ‘zone-out-FREE-zone’!
√ Easy and effective revision
The trouble with focusing on a spelling strategy for just one or two weeks is that children often forget what they have learnt. This program makes sure that spelling strategies are constantly revised as you work through the weekly lessons. For example, the Jolly Grammar One program focuses on the spelling rule: when adding a magical suffix to a word that ends with a short vowel sound and one consonant, double the final consonant (week 17). If you use the spelling strategies program, this spelling rule is continually reviewed throughout the remaining lessons so that all the children have a good understanding of the rule.
√ Offers a simple and effective activity to learn the weekly tricky words
You will notice an improvement in your students’ writing if they are able to spell all 72 tricky words from the Jolly Grammar One program. This is why we have included a short and effective activity to do at the end of each lesson. This activity helps your students learn to spell the weekly tricky words, as well as revise tricky words covered in previous weeks.
√ Easy and time efficient to use
In the past, using magnetic letters has been a time consuming process. The School Start Spelling Case has all the magnetic letters, and prefix and suffix blocks clearly displayed on one whiteboard, making it easy and quick to find what you need.
√ Develop good listening skills
Each lesson involves your students listening to and following your instructions while using their own School Start Spelling Case. Because of this, children will quickly develop good listening skills, which is another important learning area you are catering for.
√ Easier for students to ‘hear’ sounds
You’ll learn easy and effective strategies that use the magnetic letters to hear sounds in words, particularly consonant blends, and make connections between words according to a common sound.
√ Take your lesson outside
Since the case won’t blow away in the wind, you can find a nice shady tree and combine learning to spell with enjoying the outdoors.
√ Develop sorting and organisational skills
Each time your students finish a lesson with their School Start Spelling Case, they spend one or two minutes organising the magnetic letters on their resource board, for example, sorting the letters according to colour. The ability to sort and organise objects is another learning area you are catering for.
√ Promotes discussion and discovery about words
Children are encouraged to discuss their learning with their peers and work together, even though they are using their own School Start Spelling Case. This collaboration promotes a higher level of learning and a greater interest and understanding of words.
√ Hands-on approach
The program provides a hands-on way to improve students’ spelling strategies, helping them understand words better. There are no worksheets!
√ Children learn to use a range of spelling strategies
When a child is struggling with spelling, they tend to rely only on hearing the sounds in words. This program provides a huge range of strategies to help children spell words correctly. For example, children use the prefix and suffix blocks to learn how words morph together. The suffix blocks are divided into two colours to signify if they can change a vowel sound or not, which helps children to understand rules around adding suffixes to words.
√ You will learn more about spelling rules yourself
If you don’t feel confident with spelling rules, you will quickly learn everything you need to know. Each lesson includes teacher notes that explain particular rules or teaching strategies in further detail.
√ Improve spelling test results
Each lesson incorporates learning the weekly list of spelling words from the Jolly Grammar One program. You are able to easily monitor who is able to spell the words confidently and who needs extra support to learn the list of words.
√ No preparation and planning
All the resources children need are inside the case so you don’t have to prepare anything for the lesson. Each child just opens up their very own case while you follow the lesson outline.
√ Anyone can run the program
You don’t have to be a teacher to use this program. If you’re a School Support Officer, you can work with a small group of children who need extra support. If you’re a parent of a child using the Jolly Grammar One program at school, you can support your child with spelling, while enjoying quality time with them.
Format of the Program
Section One – Supporting JG1 Spelling Weeks 1 – 6
This section aims to revise the digraphs taught in the Jolly Phonics program. Children will practise hearing sounds in words and use magnetic letters to make sounds and break words into sounds. Children will understand that a digraph is used when two letters go together to make one sound. They will also learn that plural means ‘more than one’.
Here is a sample of the School Start Spelling Strategies lesson that supports Week 6 of the Jolly Grammar One Program:
Section Two – Supporting JG1 Spelling Weeks 7 – 11
The focus is on the vowel letters, the short vowel sounds, consonant letters and consonant blends. Children start to learn spelling rules, which all require an understanding of vowels and consonant letters.
Here is a sample of the School Start Spelling Strategies lesson that supports Week 7 of the Jolly Grammar One Program:
Section Three – Supporting JG1 Spelling and Grammar Weeks 12 – 18
The focus is on the vowel letters, hearing and saying the short and long vowel sounds, adding suffixes to words,
breaking words into syllables, and the semi-vowel ‘y’. Children will continue to learn spelling rules as a strategy
to spell proficiently. All of the rules taught in this section require children to be able to hear both the long and
short vowel sounds.
Section Four – Supporting JG1 Spelling Weeks 19 – 36
The focus is on the alternate spellings taught in the Jolly Grammar One Program. Children learn and practise
different letter patterns which can make the same sound. All of the spelling strategies taught in Sections 1-3 are
revised throughout the 17 lessons in this section.
Location: SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington, Adelaide, South Australia
Date: Saturday, 3rd November, 2018
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Bookings are to be made with SPELD SA
Phone: 08 8431 1655
If you would like a workshop for your teachers at your school, please scroll down and contact us with your questions and/or request.
Prices for Schools
Spelling Strategies Program – Supporting Jolly Grammar One $50
10 School Start Spelling Cases $430 ($43/case)
15 School Start Spelling Cases $630 ($42/case)
20 School Start Spelling Cases $810 ($40.50/case)
30 School Start Spelling Cases $1,125 ($37.50/case)
50 School Start Spelling Cases $1,750 ($35/case)
Contact the School Start team below with your order and we can invoice your school directly.
The School Start Spelling Buddy Case has all the equipment to teach reading, spelling and writing strategies. This creates less prep work for tutoring, it caters to all ages and makes it easier to work with students (talk about, experiment with sounds etc). It backs up Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar beautifully!Attendee at workshop held at SPELD SA
Brilliant workshop! What a fun way to teach spelling rules. I have a student who is not remembering the spelling rules. This should help. I love the practical ideas for teaching reading, spelling and written language.Attendee at workshop held at SPELD SA
I got lots of ideas on how to use the School Start Spelling Case to support Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar. In particular I like the language to use with children, for example ‘magical suffix’, ‘magic e’ etc. This program is a wonderful way of using hands on tasks to teach spelling rules and language.Attendee at workshop held at SPELD SA
This is a great extension of the Jolly Phonics program. Practical strategies and resources to implement.Attendee at workshop
This workshop was much better than I ever expected! I love the hands-on learning that gets all children involved in the learning.Attendee at Jolly Phonics workshop
What are the key learning you will take away from this session?
Too many to mention/list. Absolutely amazing, practical, engaging, skills build in routine way. JUST EXCELLENT!Attendee at workshop
This workshop showed me how to use the School Start Spelling Case with the Jolly Grammar handbook. This will help me start my career. The presenter was excellent!Attendee at workshop held at SPELD SA
I learnt good strategies for teaching spelling. I would love to come to another workshop.Attendee at worshop held at SPELD SA
Brilliant! Great way to extend the Jolly Grammar and Jolly Phonics programs.Attendee at SPELD SA workshop
This was a brilliant worshop! I love how the children can use the tiles for quick, fun and non-threatening learning of phonics. Great way to teach a student who does not want to commit to writing.Attendee at SPELD SA workshop