Phase 3 phonics sounds: “j” sound jolly phonics

j sound jolly phonics

How to teach j sound:

We are going to teach kids the j sound through 6 steps. Each step will add a lot of fun and liveliness to the learning time. Let’s see together:

1. sound j story:

j sound jolly phonics

John went on a trip with his mom to the beach. They went on their jeep, taking a jar of jam and bread for breakfast. John’s mother warned him not to swim far from the beach as the jellyfish may bite him. John listened to his mom and swam near. When he finished and came to eat, his mother gave him a cup of jelly for obeying her. John was so happy. The jelly kept going left and right when he moves it makes the “j, j, j” sound all the time.

2. j sound jolly phonics pronunciation:

  • First, slightly open your mouth and push out your lips. 
  • Now, focus on your tongue. 
  • Place the tip of your tongue on the alveolar ridge behind your upper front teeth. Just as you do to make the “d” sound. This way you stop the air. 
  • Now, to release the air, arch your tongue so it’s near the roof of your mouth. The same way as you do when you make the “j” letter. Make sure that you don’t touch the roof of your mouth and there’s a small gap for the air stream. 
  • When you release the air through this gap, it’ll flow with lots of noise: “dj – dj”.
  • The “dj” is a voiced sound, so don’t forget to add your voice. 


3. jolly phonics trigraph j dictation:

walk with your kid step by step on his notebook to write the following grapheme. Show him the gif below and motivate him to imitate it.

4. j sound tracing worksheet:

Here’s the grapheme “j” tracing worksheet to practice:

5. jolly phonics sound j – blending exercise:

Use our phonics phase 2 and phase 3 flashcards to practice some pronunciation activities with your kid: 

  • First level: Make combinations of the flashcards below and let the child recognize which letters are making the sound “j”.
  • Advanced level: Let the child assemble the words below by himself. keep telling him the pronunciation of the word until he can make the combination alone. 
  • The word the kid should make here is “jeep”.

Try other words too…

6. Jolly phonics sound j – words dictation:

Write on the board or on a piece of paper the following table of graphemes. Give the kid some oral words that can only be combined with available graphemes in the table. See how your kid will be able to form a word from.


The teacher/parent here may say :


Now the kid has to know how to form the latter word from the table using his listening skills and his knowledge of blending.

after the teacher/parent pronounce the word the kid should arrange the word following the pronunciation he heard

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