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Spell.Ph.Un is a set of resources for teaching phonics in the classroom. It features Australian content and has been developed with the National Australian Curriculum in mind.
I have always been a great believer in phonics and phonemic awareness as part of my classroom teaching program. Initially, I taught with a phonics program that used a chart as its main resource. The chart was a great visual tool and was especially good for helping students see the various spelling choices that were available to them when writing. I’ve also instructed with a program that used phonogram cards. The cards were very beneficial in helping students identify the different sounds that letter combinations could make.
Each approach had its own strengths and I ideally wanted to be able to use both in my classroom. However, I couldn’t combine the specific programs I was using with consistency, or find any resources that incorporated both phonogram cards and a visual chart. I decided that I needed to pull apart the resources, training and knowledge I had and then put them back together in a uniform way.
After days sitting on my lounge room floor surrounded by various cards, charts, rules and dictionaries, this is what I came up with – I call it Spell.Ph.Un…..Spelling with Phonemic Understanding.
It consists of
1. A set of 75 phonogram cards covering the most commonly used phonograms in the English language. The cards are divided into 3 sets, from easier to more advanced phonograms. The visual chart words, prompts and some spelling rules are incorporated on the back of the cards.
2. A visual chart of 49 sounds that correlates exactly with the cards.
3. A spelling journal to explore some of the rules of the English language.
I have found that using this combination of materials has been very beneficial in increasing the phonemic knowledge and skills of my students, which then flows into their reading and writing.
I hope you find it just as useful!