Jack and Jill uses fun and engaging nursery rhymes to teach spelling skills and introduce new words. Nursery rhymes tell a story, helping students develop an understanding of simple narrative sequences and provide expanded opportunities for vocabulary development. Easy to say and easy to learn, nursery rhymes add an indispensable auditory component to this level.
Students at this stage are developing phonemic awareness—the ability to distinguish the individual sounds that make up spoken words in English. They then relate these sounds to print by learning that letters represent sounds, that letters make up words, and that each word looks different. Children arrive at the end of the Phonetic Stage once they have learned the basic rules of phonics and can actively apply them to both reading and spelling.
Jack and Jill:
- Uses a nursery rhyme theme to introduce words in an engaging yet meaningful format
- Nursery rhymes introduce words and ideas that students might not otherwise hear and help students distinguish sounds that are similar, but not exactly the same. Easy to say and easy to learn, nursery rhymes add an indispensable auditory component during the Phonetic and Skill Development Stages of spelling
- Includes 36 lessons, divided into two books for ease of use. Each of the lessons is divided into five parts, A through E. One daily lesson consists of two facing pages
- Includes erasable colored pencils with each Student Pack
Is Your Child Ready for Jack and Jill?
This level is suggested for a student who prints easily with lowercase letters and who knows most letter sounds, including long and short vowels. Ask the questions below or view the General Spelling Readiness Guidelines for more information on placing your student in the correct level.
Questions to ask:
- Can my student focus on a worksheet for at least 10 minutes?
- Can my student write comfortably?
- Can my student give the sounds for most letters?
- Is my student beginning to read?
If you answered "Yes" to all these questions, your child is ready to begin Jack and Jill.
Jack and Jill will provide practice in writing individual letters and in hearing the sounds they make in simple words. It will also provide opportunities for students to study words in the context of nursery rhymes by marking letter patterns, copying words and passages, and writing from dictation.
Includes everything you need to move your student from the phonetic stage to the skill development stage of spelling, with 36 lessons of Jack and Jill: Instructor's Handbook with introduction to the philosophy of Spelling You See and a Getting Started guide, and the Student Pack, which includes two Student Workbooks, a Guide to Handwriting, and a pack of erasable colored pencils.