The first resource which drives the program is the Sound Spelling Display Cards. There are 35 full color 8.5 by 11 card to display in your student’s space. Each card focuses on one sound and provides a global view of all the ways to spell that sound. Information is conveyed to children in the form of right brained hooks for learning and remembering.
- There is a sentence at the top that is made of words that represent each way that sound is spelled
- On the left is a list of all the ways the target sound is spelled
- The colorful illustration is a visual of the sentence
Let’s take a look at the sound spelling of /ER/. The sound /ER/ is in many words however when your students look at the card they will see that there are only 8 ways to spell /ER/. Seeing a complete list of the different spellings will help students see the patterns of each sounds spelling and give them the confidence that when they hear the sound /ER/ they will know that there are only a few possible ways to spell that sound.
After you display the Sound Spelling Card for /ER/ you will want to use our second resource: Sound Spelling Teaching Cards. The Sound Spelling Cards are your hands-on teaching cards. There is one card for each individual spelling. For example, for the sound /ER/ there are 8 cards. Each card includes a colorful illustration and a sentence using more words with that spelling pattern.
Let’s take a look at the /ER/ card that is spelled IR.
The keyword is girl followed by the sentence, “The girl saw a bird in the dirt.” Finally, there is a colorful image of a girl pointing to a bird in the dirt.
One card containing the keyword, sentence, and a supporting image will help students to remember that sound spelling, and other words that share that sound spelling.
The third resource that completes the collection is The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns. This book provides the students’ portion of each lesson. If you are teaching /ER/, for instance, you will print the lessons that provide practice for those spellings. The lessons have sentences that group like words together to teach students to find the patterns through repetition.
This resource empowers teachers and parents to provide differentiated instruction to every student regardless of their ability level because each sound spelling has 2-4 levels of difficulty.
This book will guide you through how to teach all the sound spellings in our language. The way the book is organized will make it easy for your students to focus in on specific sounds, where they appear in words, and how to spell them. Equipped with this knowledge, students will be able to decode larger and harder words. The words chosen for this book include all the Dolch high-frequency words and hundreds of other high-frequency words from other sources.
The book includes a downloadable file of all lessons so you can easily print and teach each lesson. Sarah has put many years into developing a way to teach word structure to kids that takes the mystery out of all the irregular spellings in words! Pick up each of these resources today and have the complete system for teaching Sounds and Their Spelling Patterns.