Know someone who needs help with spelling and/or reading new words?
This website aims to help you build his or her:
- Awareness of sounds in words (phonemic awareness)
- Spelling pattern knowledge (phonics).
These are both vital skills for spelling and reading word attack.
The site includes resource lists to make it easier for you to find good resources. Many are part of synthetic phonics programs which also target fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, three other vital literacy skills.
The Spelfabet teaching materials available from this website are carefully-sequenced, easy-to-use, affordable, downloadable and reproducible, and were designed by an Australian Speech Pathologist for slow-progress readers and spellers, including learners with language difficulties.
These materials aim to help you teach blending, segmenting and spelling patterns in tiny, fast steps. They're most suitable for older learners (aged 7 to adult) with shaky confidence, who need heaps of practice and success. You don't need special expertise or hours of training to use them.
- Tours: View video tours of Spelfabet materials: workbooks, games, movable alphabet.
- Freebies: Download free workbook sample pages and a free game to try out.
- Spelling tests: Not sure where to start? Try these video spelling tests.
- Spelling lists: Find free, carefully sequenced spelling lists targeting one new spelling at a time, find the many ways each English speech sound is spelt, and find the main sounds represented by each spelling pattern.
- Blog: Reviews of resources and teaching strategies, plain English versions of professional/academic information, and the occasional rant or reflection about literacy-teaching, particularly to learners with language difficulties.
- Consulting: Assessments and goal-setting and programming for struggling readers/spellers, and workshops for schools.