Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-30

I have been working on Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-30 for a long time now! I am thrilled to be moving on Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 31-60. There are some seriously “tricky” ones for us to learn next term. All those “wh” words will be a challenge( what, when, why, where, who, which)!

Now that we are moving on I need to test each pupil.I also wanted a sheet to include in a Writing Journal so that these words can be correctly spelled in creative writing…

This is what I came up with : Tricky Word Ladders. The Tricky Word Ladders either can be laminated and cut into strips for quick reviewing or put into Home Work Journals for practice.

I also made a Test Card version for those of you who need to keep Pupil Profiles. I will use this sheet and include it  each pupils journal so that parents can see what words require practice.

Click here to download both sheets

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

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Gingerbread Man themed Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20

I decided to make my Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20 a little more festive in the hope that my Christmas obsessed class might actually do some work!!! Any one else finding it hard to get their class to settle down to work at the moment?

I have created the  flashcards in both full colour and in black and white.  Here are some ideas of how to use them. Snap, Concentration, write the room, a treasure hunt….

Here is a sneak preview of the  Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20 cards!

Here is the Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20 treasure hunt worksheet:

Inspired by Angelia at http://extraspecialteaching.blogspot.com I have made my own Gingerbread Man Card Game to correspond with Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20. My graphics are all from the Microsoft Website and are only in full colour. You could print the words in black and white and the extra cards in colour if you want to be frugal 😉

Click here to download my coloured cards.

Click here to download my black and white cards.

Please leave a comment if you download my cards. I just love hearing from you.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!

Miss Mernagh 🙂

p.s Gingerbread Man graphics are courtesy of DJInkers

Jolly Phonics Tricky Word Games 1-20

I have been busy planning another game to help reinforce Jolly Phonics Tricky words 1-20. Variety is the spice of life after all!

I have yet to try out the games with my class but am dying to do so. I am saving them up for my Gingerbread Man unit. I though they were too cute to keep and decided to share them with you guys!

There are a number of different ways to use these cards:

  1. A word treasure hunt
  2. Concentration game
  3. Snap or Old Maid
  4. Flashcards or a Word Wall
  5. Word Headbanz

All of these games are explained in my pack. I have created two for you to choose from: black & white or full colour. You choose!

Please click here to download Black & White Tricky Words

Please click here to download Colour Tricky Words

I hope that you have lots of fun learning and revising these Jolly Phonics Tricky words. Let me know that you think. I just love to get comments!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

ps Clip art by DJ Inkers

Tricky Words 11-20

I have been busy doing my prep for the week to come. What a way to spend a Sunday, eh?! As my class have been playing with my first set of Tricky Words Bingo Boards for a little while now I thought that it was time to move on. My scheme for this term indicated a similar plan for the week ahead ;).

 Voila! Trick Word Bingo 1-20.

Click here to download Tricky Word Bingo 11-20

Print out, grab your Bingo dauber and off you go!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

PS. Clipart by DJInkers

Sound Identification Sheet

I have been busy testing my new class to see how many letter sounds they remember from Junior Infants. It ‘s a mammoth task but very worth while. I created these cute and incredibly useful sheets for easy testing. Please click here to download both. I laminated them and punched them so they can be kept in my ring binder for ease of use.

Incidentally, the sound sequence matches the letter sound introduction pattern used by Jolly Phonics.

I thought that it was about time that I created a recording sheet to directly correspond with it. I have added some explanations to the image below to help you use the sheet to it’s full potential. These obviously will not appear on your copy!

So here we go: click here to download

I prefer to tick only the unknown when testing children. It  makes it so much easier to read scores at a glance. It also allows you to concentrate more acutely on the child and to document the difficulties that  he/she has or the incorrect responses made. It is also easier on the hand when you have lots and lots of children to test ;).

I will be creating similar test sheets for digraphs over the coming weeks. I think that these sheets are equally useful for parents and teachers. We both have to keep track of how well children are doing and to figure out what sounds to practice that day. By the way, only revise/teach 3 sounds at a time regardless of how many your child did not know. If possible separate out the teaching of those that they reversed eg b and d.

How do you keep track of scores? Have you any clever tips that you could share with us?

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

p.s The graphics are by DJInkers and the fonts by kevinandamanda.com

Around the World with Tricky Words

My school follows the Jolly Phonics Programme and as part of that I must teach some “tricky words”.  Tricky words are those that cannot be easily sounded out, eg should, little, and must be instantly recognized instead. I don’t have that many commercially bought games to go with the programme as they are beyond my budget. For those of you in the same situation you might like a copy of my Tricky Words Around the World Game! It covers Tricky Words 31-60. Even if your school or child is not covering the Jolly Phonics Programme learning to read these words would certainly speed up fluency 🙂

To play, each child is given one card, sometimes more! The child with the “go” sign starts the game by saying “I have go. Who has only?”. The child with the word “only”will respond with “I have only.Who has old?”. The games continues in a loop until the last child calls “stop”. My class love it and when they are familiar with the words I set a stop watch and they race to beat the clock. It’s hilarious!

 Click here to download!

Cut out the flashcards going across the page so that you have a white and a blue section still attached!   


I hope that you all have as much fun and learning with this game as we do.

Have fun!

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Monster Digraph Fun!

I made this cute sheet to use during my 5 a-day reading lesson. You can read more about this on my Fruity Labels for Daily Readers post. It encourages children to hunt for and recognise digraphs in books that they are reading and is a good compliment to my Dainty Digraph Quilt activity. I ask my class to read their book twice. The first time is for the enjoyment of the story and the second time is to find as many Monster digraph words as they can and to write these words into the correct column. I made a double sided sheet for my class which meant that they were looking for lots of different digraphs. You could hand out just one sheet and have them complete that. Then you could save the other sheet for another day ;). Click here to download both sheets.

Clipart by DJInkers

This sheet would be useful at home or in school . The digraphs used as from the Jolly Phonics programme , but would compliment any phonics instruction. It would be a great “busy bee” activity sheet for earlier finishers too!

I have already used this sheet with my class and it got a thumbs up for cuteness! I hope that you have the same happy response 🙂

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂