When I first started my teaching journey I didn’t have a clue how to teach kids how to read and spell.
I tried a bit of a mixed bag approach, mostly made up of whole language strategies. I used activities such as flash cards, mastery folders and look, say, cover, write, check.
It didn’t feel like I knew what I was doing or that I was making a difference for those kids that needed my help!
For the past 5 years I’ve worked hard to change this and learn everything I can about the best way to teach children to read and spell.
I’ve read many of the books by Dianne McGuinness, such as Early Reading Instruction; Language Development and Learning to Read; and Why Our Children Can’t Read And What We Can Do About It.
And in the past 5 years I’ve worked with hundreds of children who either have an identified learning difficulty such as dyslexia, or who have fallen behind with their literacy learning.
In that time I’ve developed my own teaching resources, materials, games and activities to support my students. Many of the kids I work with have low self-esteem. They have a negative view of learning to read and spell and they are disengaged.
The phonics activities and games I create help to push through those barriers and reach these kids and get them excited about learning again.
I’ve pulled together my best reading and spelling resources for you in one complete kit, so that you can now also have access to these items.
Introducing The Complete Phonics Kit
The Complete Phonics Kit is a lifelong tool that is designed to give you more time and flexibility so you can focus on assisting those students who really need your help.
The kit will bring inspiration and innovation to your teaching again and again as you continue to use it in the coming months and years.
This 1100+ page kit includes all of my best phonics activities that have been tried and tested with hundreds of kids and adapted and improved over time.
To give you a bit of an idea as to some of the phonics resources in the kit, I’ve put together a video showcasing some of the items. Check it out below.
Can’t see the video, watch it here.
Free sample of reading and spelling games
If you’d like to try out some of the games that are included in the phonics kit, then read the post below. There you will find out about some of the reading and spelling games and also be able to download a free sample to try out.
Ways these phonics activities will give you more time
As a teacher you’re pulled in so many different directions and that’s why I’ve put this kit together for you.
You’ll have, all in one spot, all of the materials you will need to support your reading and spelling program. You’ll get worksheets, games, posters and activities. Each individual pack comes with teaching notes that explains how to play the games or complete the activities.
It’s a tool that you can take with you if you move grades as the activities begin from the simple to the more advanced. No more hunting around for new material if you go from kindy to grade 2.
It suits beginning readers in kindy or pre-primary, but is also suitable for older students as there are phonics activities for more complex sounds/spellings. There are also activities that include one, two and three syllable words to help differentiate for your student abilities.
Specifically, the kit includes games, activities and worksheets for the following sounds/spellings.
CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant)
Digraphs: ch, sh, th, ck, ng, qu, wh, le
One sound – many spellings:
/ae/ – spellings: ay, ea, a-e, ai, ai, eigh, ei
/ee/ – spellings: e, ea, y, ee, ey, ie
/oe/ – spellings: o, oa, ow, o-e, oe
/er/ – spellings: er, ir, or, ur, ear
/e/ – spellings: e, ea, ai
/ow/ – spellings: ou, ow
m/oo/n – spellings: oo, ew, ue, u-e, o, ui, u
/ie/ – spellings: i, ie, y, i-e, igh
b/oo/k – spellings: oo, u, oul
/u/ – spellings: u, o, ou, oo
/s/ – spellings: s, ss, st, c, ce, se, sc
/l/ – spellings: l, ll, al, el, il, le, ol
/or/ – spellings: or, aw, a, ar, au, al
/air/ – spellings: air, are, ear, ere, eir, ayer, ayor
/ue/ – spellings: ue, ew, u, u-e
The kit is ready for your download right now by clicking the link below.