I created this book because I couldn’t find sound cards relevant for children of today. I didn’t want to depict words starting with the sound, but rather a picture of something making the sound. I wanted the sounds to be taught crisp and without an “uh” at the end, so the sound chants were created. Using these books and musical CDs for 10 minutes, two or three times a week, can be useful for parents and educators in teaching phonics and spelling, as well as English as a second language. Children as young as 2 or 3 can learn the music chants and enjoy the pictures, then when they are old enough to start reading the sounds and spellings are in their mind.
Why Phonics By Spelling?The pictures depict the actual sound, not something that starts with the sound – which is easier for children to understand.
These books and CDs teach all the English language sounds.
Each page depicts the spellings that make that sound.
Knowing the musical chants on the CDs helps to associate spellings with a particular sound.
The backside of each sound page has sample words, rules that go with the sound, how to form the sound, and other less common spellings for the sound.
The books are a handy reference to help adults better understand letters, sounds, and spellings.
The Phonics By Spelling program enhances other phonics material and curriculum.
This program builds a solid foundation for phonics, reading, and spelling – especially for creative, right brained, visual learners.
What ages can learn from Phonics By Spelling?
Babies and toddlers exposed to the musical chants and pictures will retain them as they start learning to read.
Preschool children use the musical chants and pictures to learn their letters and sounds.
Kindergarten/pre-kindergarten children use the musical chants and books to better understand the letter/word/reading connection.
Early readers use the musical chants and books as a reference to advance their reading skills.
Readers use the books to advance their spelling skills – as well as enhancing their understanding of dictionary phonetic spellings, reference books, and glossaries.
Adults use these books and CDs to make phonetic sense of words – as well as a reference for teaching children phonics, reading, and spelling.
How to Use Phonics By Spelling?
Use these books and CDs to learn the sounds through music. They can be enjoyed and learned like nursery rhymes. Then when they are ready to learn to read the spelling and sounds are in their minds. The books and CDs will enhance any phonics or reading program.
Use this book with the musical CD 1. The pictures depict the sound, not a word that starts with the sound. It's equally effective to work sequentially through the alphabet, or concentrate on a specific sound with items that begin with that sound.
Use this book with the musical CD 2. This book has the following sections: 2 songs about vowels, consonants and words; long vowel sounds; other consonant sounds; other vowel sounds; and R-controlled sounds. It's equally effective to work sequentially through the book, or concentrate on a specific section or sound.
Use this musical CD with Book 1. An effective way to enjoy the CD is to listen to it in the car. The child can look at the book while singing along with the CD chants. The CD track contents are listed inside the front cover of Book 1.
Use this musical CD with Book 2. This CD can be enjoyed sequentially through the book, but it can also be effective to concentrate on one particular section or sound. The CD track contents are listed inside the front cover of Book 2.
Student Activity Book
This workbook will help children make the letter/sound/spelling connections. This is for children that have started reading, as they will be writing words in this book.
Listening Center Packs
This pack can be used in school listening centers. Eight or six children can each have a book to use while listening to the musical chants on the CDs.
These cards can be hung on the classroom wall to use with the Phonics By Spelling musical CDs. These cards are a helpful reference for children and teachers.