This is the first week of a phonics based week-long basic spelling program. The phonics focus for this week is short a, and this program is intended to be used in conjunction with a basic phonics program, a district basal series using short a words, and a writing program that incorporates these words. I have used this program to great effect with many students with learning disabilities, but it is also an excellent starting place for 1st graders or second half of the year kindergarteners. I created this system, and it has been loved by students and parents alike while really helping struggling students to succeed. Blends and digraphs are slowly incorporated as the program advances. This series of worksheets will eventually be accompanied by a series of smartboard activities.