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Very dated, and somewhat inaccurate
on 1 November 2007
It's a shame that the DVD release of Jolly Phonics didn't feature an updated film, instead of a transfer of the old videos. Jolly Phonics itself is a nice idea, and one of several synthetic phonics packages available for teaching pre-reading to early reading skills.
There is quite a bit of technology featured in this DVD which looks very dated: for instance, several of the children I work with did not even recognise the CRT monitor of the computer 'Phonic' as part of a computer.
It's also a shame that the synthetic phonics system itself is not adhered to in the production of the film footage - for example, instead of pronouncing 's' for the sound made by the letter 'S', Inky Mouse, Snake, Bee and Phonic are often heard saying 'suh' - adding an unnecessary vowel sound to the target sound... something which can be confusing and counterproductive to children whose learning to sound words is the basis for reading.
On the plus side, children who have been learning Jolly Phonics can identify quite closely with the characters... particularly Inky Mouse