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Best phonics-based resources for teaching spelling?

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vesela Thu 18-Oct-12 22:49:08

What are the best resources for teaching phonics-based spelling - I'm thinking of the Read Write Inc. Spelling Handbook, maybe, or would you recommend something else? We live abroad, and I'm teaching DD to read/write in English.

She has a couple of workbook-y things, but I'm looking for something that really takes you through the process of helping a child decide which grapheme to go for. E.g. DD asks me how to spell "hope". I ask her what sounds she can hear in it, and then what ways she knows of writing o. She comes up with ow first, and I explain why it's probably not that one. She then suggests oa, and I say no, not that (but I can't explain why in this case). Then oe, and I say yes, and what's it doing? and she says - going round the p, and runs off to spell it (in a birthday email).

She does have the Jolly Phonics word book which groups the similarly-spelt words and is useful for looking them up. She also knows how to look words up in a dictionary, but I don't know if I'm making the process too laborious! I try and keep it kind of light (although it doesn't sound it from description here). Thanks!

maverick Fri 19-Oct-12 08:41:22

hi vesela, I do a page of suitable phonics spelling resources -it includes the RWI spelling pack details, but what about downloading one of Debbie Hepplewhite's Alphabet Code charts (free) and putting it on display? You could then look at the main spelling choices for the sound she requires and, together, pick the correct one

vesela Fri 19-Oct-12 09:43:54

Thank you very much - those are great resources. Superphonics Spelling seems to be what I'm looking for.

I have a printout of the Debbie Hepplewhite Alphabet Code chart, and it's very useful. It's the general teaching process for helping her pick the right one that I was wondering about. From what I can see in the "look inside the book"on Amazon, Superphonics Spelling seems to take you through that. Wondering whether to get RWI's Spelling Handbook as well.

English from the Roots Up looks great for later (I'm a lapsed classicist).

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