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Jolly Phonics Student, Book 1

Jolly Phonics Student, Book 1

Covers all the 42 letter sounds, with the Jolly Phonics action, letter formation, listening for letter sounds in words, blending activities and the first set of tricky words.
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Jolly Phonics Student, Book 2

Jolly Phonics Student, Book 2

Continues to build on the skills that the children have been taught in book 1. It introduces more tricky words, alternative letter sound spellings and basic sentence structure to encourage independent writing.
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Jolly Phonics Student, Book 3

Jolly Phonics Student, Book 3

Contains further activities to consolidate the learning in books 1 & 2, as well as new spelling patterns, tricky words plus short and long vowels.
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Jolly Phonics Picture Flashcards

Jolly Phonics Picture Flashcards (in Print Letters)

Print, rather than precursive. Only play with the letters that your student or child has learned so far. Do not be tempted to skip ahead.
A box of 60 cards. Also includes 17 alternative letter sound spellings.
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Jolly Phonics Wall Frieze Wall Chart

Jolly Phonics Wall Frieze Wall Chart

Display this permanently where children are able to see it. They can see their own progress through the 42 sounds and refer to it without asking you. Just remember to cover it during assessments.
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Jolly Phonics The Phonics Handbook in Print Letter

Jolly Phonics The Phonics Handbook in Print Letter

The best place to start when teaching Jolly Phonics to a class. The Phonics Handbook is a complete resource for teaching reading, writing and spelling.
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Cry, Heart, but Never Break

Cry, Heart, but Never Break by Glenn Ringtved (Author), Charlotte Pardi (Illustrations), Robert Moulthrop (Translation)

A beautiful, sensitive picture book about being able to say goodbye to those we love, while holding them in memory.
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The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski

The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski (author and illustrator)

Her magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page.
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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt (Author), Adam Rex (Illustrator)

You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of the three great warriors who started it all...ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS!
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The Princess and the Pony

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton (Author-Illustrator)

Fall in love with a teeny-tiny, roly-poly, cutie pie of a farting pony in this wickedly funny tale from Kate Beaton, the artist behind the comic phenomenon 'Hark!'.
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Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer (Author), Oliver Jeffers (Illustrations)

Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred.
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The Water Princess by Susan Verde

The Water Princess by Susan Verde (Author), Georgie Badiel (Author), Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Follows the experiences of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village as she rises early every morning and makes long journeys to the well with a heavy pot that she carries on her head.
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Penguin Problems by Jory John

Penguin Problems by Jory John (Author), Lane Smith (Illustrations)

Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they?
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Tokyo Digs a Garden

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano (Author), Kellen Hatanaka (Illustrations)

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?
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Preschool English story books

adjective: preschool; adjective: pre-school
relating to the time before a child is old enough to go to school.
"a preschool playgroup"
Graphic Novels
noun
noun: graphic novel; plural noun: graphic novels
a novel in comic-strip format.
synonyms: comic, comic book, cartoon; manga
Picture books
plural noun: picture books
a book containing many illustrations, especially one for children.
High School Books
For high school students
Sakura Medal Books
About the Sakura Medal
Chapter Books
A story book intended for intermediate readers, generally age 7-10
Early Reader
The first books that children will be able to read independently.
Jolly Phonics
The very best texts available to help students learn to read and write.
Jolly Phonics website
Jolly Phonics And The UK National Curriculum
Parent/Teacher Guide. English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Ukrainian versions.
Free Parent & Teacher Resources
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