Beginning and struggling readers and spellers need to learn how to pull words apart into sounds, and represent them with letters/spellings, and blend sounds together into words.
The sounds part of this task (phonemic awareness) is difficult for many, and English spelling is famously complex. This website aims to help you teach beginners and strugglers about sounds and spellings using explicit, systematic synthetic phonics, giving them a solid foundation on which to build their fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and written expression.
The Spelfabet materials were designed by an Australian Speech Pathologist for non-experts to use to teach struggling spellers/readers, including students with speech-language and cognitive difficulties, to sound out words. They’re carefully-sequenced, easy-to-use, affordable, downloadable and reproducible, and should be used with decodable books.
This site includes resource lists to help you find good resources for teaching encoding and decoding skills, many of which also target vocabulary, fluency and comprehension, plus:
- Freebies include workbook sample pages, picture books, a spelling lookup booklet and a wordbuilding game.
- Blog: Reviews of resources and teaching strategies, plain English versions of professional/academic information, and the occasional rant or reflection on teaching spelling and reading.
- Video tours of Spelfabet materials: workbooks, games, movable alphabet.
- 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, the many ways each English speech sound is spelt, and the main sounds represented by each spelling pattern.
- Consulting: Assessments and goal-setting and programming for struggling readers/spellers, and workshops for schools.