Jacqui Tarquinio has been a primary school teacher for over 15 years now and has been practising the Jolly Phonics programme for 10 years. She first learnt the programme when working in the UK and was surprised by its outstanding results with non-English-speaking learners.
After all these years, Jacqui still gets excited by the results that the Jolly Phonics programme achieves. She passionately believes that every child deserves access to this synthetic, systematic and multisensory approach to teaching English. Jacqui always marvels at the positive mindset Jolly Phonics creates when children start learning to read and write so quickly and enthusiastically.
Book a workshop with Jacqui at your school / early learning centre
Jacqui’s workshops are designed to empower teachers and support staff to understand Jolly Phonics: the systematic, multisensory, synthetic phonics approach.
A basic full day workshop provides:
- an appreciation of systematic synthetic phonics
- the five skills of the Jolly Phonics programme (focusing on reading and writing) and how to implement the skills using engaging, practical activities
- how to incorporate Jolly Phonics into a literacy block
- a look at the Jolly Phonics resources including the Jolly Phonics Reading Assessment.
What is Synthetic Phonics?
I use the analogy of a piece of synthetic material. Synthetic material is made up of different material parts and has been put together to make a whole.
Just like this process, our language can be broken up into sounds and built back up again through a process known as synthesising. This essentially means blending. The main process of a synthetic phonics approach is to blend sounds.
Children are first taught the individual sounds and then, when they come to a word, they must try and blend to decipher the word. Think of a whole piece of synthetic material or a whole word—either one has been synthesised to create a whole.
What Schools & Families are Saying
Osborne Primary School chose Jolly Phonics as our synthetic phonics framework as it’s a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy. We have had an amazing response from our parents for this program and the growth in the students has been terrific.
Jacqui was a fantastic presenter. The enthusiasm that she has for the program is incredible. Our teachers found her PDs practical and engaging and have fully embraced the program. Delivery was excellent with a supportive balance of instruction and practice. Thanks again for your great PD and ongoing support Jacqui.
Brett Miller—Assistant Principal at Osborne Primary School
Jacqui’s professional learning day was received with much enthusiasm and appreciation from our staff. She cohesively presented the theory underpinning the Jolly Phonics program and also showcased lots of inspiring hands on tasks that allowed staff to see how phonics can be used in an engaging and purposeful way. Our staff walked away with a toolkit of resources and information to move forward with our explicit teaching of phonics.
Di Beltramello—Educational Leader, Harvest Home Primary School
Completing the Jolly Phonics parent course gave me the tools to help support my daughter with reading and writing in her first year of school. She has come along leaps and bounds since we implemented Jolly Phonics at home! Wish I had known about this earlier as it is easy for parents and very engaging for children.
Angela Price (parent workshop)
I would like to thank Jacqui for tutoring my 9 and 11 year old children in Jolly Phonics. We have had a lot of success with Jolly Phonics. Jacqui’s technique of teaching was fun and creative. She gave me the tools to take home and work with my kids. The impact has been enormous. Their teachers at my children’s school are impressed with the difference it has made. I recommend Jolly Phonics and most of all thank Jacqui for her commitment to teaching my children the Jolly Phonics way of learning.
Rita Birthisel (parent from tutoring group)
What teachers are anonymously saying in their reflections after Jacqui’s Jolly Phonics presentation—
‘I learnt so much (from zero) to help our intervention students.’
‘I really liked all of the examples that you gave! There is a lot I can take back to my team.’
‘It has been clear and passionate.’
What are teachers anonymously saying in their reflections after Jacqui’s Jolly Phonics presentation—
‘Thank you for a lovely multi-sensory program. Glad you started at the basic—”learning to
ride the bike”.’
‘You’re amazing—very useful and insightful presentation, great activities and resources.
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