Awareness of sounds in words (phonemic awareness) and spelling pattern knowledge (phonics) are essential for good reading and spelling. Many learners aren’t getting the teaching they need in these two areas, often because teachers themselves aren’t being adequately equipped to provide it.

This website aims to help you teach these skills fast and well, so they support other vital literacy skills like fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

This site includes resource lists to make it easier for you to find high-quality resources, many of which are part of synthetic phonics programs.

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, phoneme manipulation and spelling patterns in tiny, fast steps. They’re most suitable for older learners (aged 7 and over) with shaky confidence, who need lots of practice and success. You don’t need special expertise or hours of training to use them.

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Spelfabet is also on Facebook, and in the process of getting onto Twitter.

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  1. peterpan

    What is your view on writing?

    Should a child be taught just print – as they do in a couple of US states, or learn to do half cursive or full cursive?

    My personal view is that a child should be doing full cursive, as this helps a child to develop is written and spelling skills. As for semi cursive only adds another layer of confusion to the English system.

  2. alisonalison Post author

    Hi Peter, I thought I had replied to your message but internet gremlins seem to have eaten it. I am not a handwriting expert, I tend to just work with whatever font the student is being taught. Children are exposed to lots of different fonts in books, and given that my students tend to be a long way behind their peers, my focus is ensuring that their letters are recognisable and readable, and their letter "p" doesn't look like an "r", their letter "r" like a "v" and their letter "n" like an "m", as sometimes happens when children are learning cursive. If nobody has a strong preference I prefer to work with print rather than cursive, because that really focusses their attention on the core business of each letter. All the best, Alison

    1. Mary

      I agree Alison. Using print when the learners are confused with what is a sound also helps. It is much easier to identify the smallest unit of sound in print. Often their handwriting is also very messy as you pointed out.


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