Click Here to download a set of free materials that can be used for direct instruction of relevant phonics skills and knowledge.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE
There are some excellent online resources available on educational websites, as well as downloadable resources to print out, and, of course, there are plenty of apps that provide instruction in sound/letter relationships.
On the Spelfabet site you will find links to a very comprehensive range of resources, covering every aspect of phonics instruction and assessment – so there is no point in me listing them all again here! It is the site of Melbourne speech pathologist, Alison Clarke, whose blog entries provide an enormous amount of valuable information, presented in a clear and logical way. There are also lots of really useful free or affordable teaching materials that can be downloaded from the site.
NSW Centre for Effective Reading
This is a NSW government website, which, among other things, provides a comprehensive guide to systematic and explicit teaching of phonics:
This app comes from the very highly regarded Sounds-Write program that is widely used in the UK. Instruction in the Foundation Code is very thorough, but there are no bells and whistles to motivate young learners and keep them wanting more. There is a component that asks the child to trace over letters on the screen with a finger, which is great for beginning to write.
A useful blog associated with the Sounds-Write site is theliteracyblog.com
This app is very good on phonemic awareness activities.
Teach your monster to read
This is a low-cost UK-based app for tablets, and the computer-based version is free. It’s great – but there’s almost too much fun! I use activities on this app in short doses as a reward for sticking with the less entertaining apps and activities.
This is another app that provides lots of fun at the same time as good phonics instruction. It costs around AU$50 for a six-months subscription. I’ve only seen the free trial component.
There are some very useful entries in the blog on this site. Here are links to some of them: