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Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling Kit

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Unlock the power of reading with the Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling Kit! Dive into a vibrant world of sounds and spellings with the full-color Sound Spelling Display Cards, each a visual masterpiece designed for right-brained learners. From sentences that vividly represent each spelling to lists and captivating illustrations, this kit creates a multisensory experience. Elevate your teaching with hands-on Sound Spelling Teaching Cards, offering colorful illustrations and sentences for in-depth exploration. Complete the journey with The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns, guiding students through engaging lessons to master phonics. Transform learning into a captivating adventure with this comprehensive kit, where every card tells a tale of literacy success!

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The Child1st approach to phonics and spelling stands out for its holistic design, specifically tailored to include right-brain learners in the learning process. Beginning with a strong emphasis on phonemic awareness—the ability to recognize individual sounds in words—we guide children in listening and segmenting words into distinct sounds. Using a right-brain approach, we teach them to represent these sounds on paper using symbols.

Our focus on phonics, the representation of sounds with symbols, addresses a critical juncture where many children encounter difficulties in learning to read. Phonics and spelling are interconnected, and by teaching children how to represent sounds using letters and combinations, they gain the ability to write and read words effortlessly. Our spelling approach avoids rote memorization of letter sequences, opting for a sound/spelling method that requires no memorization.

Phonics establishes the connection between the sounds (phonemes) in words and the letters (graphemes) that represent them, making fluency in phonics crucial for developing proficient readers. The effectiveness of our approach lies in the comprehensive, explicit, and systematic teaching of phonics and spelling, ensuring that children across the learning spectrum, including right-brain processors, are well-prepared for reading without any guesswork.

Child1st phonics and spelling resources are designed for whole-brain learning that offers equity in learning to right-brain processors. We take phonics content which is already perfectly suited to left-brain learners, embed the letters and words in images, and utilize other right-brain friendly elements so visual/spatial learners can remember through their visual and body memory.

*Single letter sounds and W, V, P, B, and D are not included, as Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling focuses on blends of two or more letters. For single letter sounds, please see our Alphabet Collection.

Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling Kit is available in two formats:

  • Physical  - physical cards and book
  • Download  - printable PDF files of cards and book

The Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling Kit offers a user-friendly approach to teaching phonics and spelling with its three key resources. 

Begin by displaying the Sound Spelling Display Card for the target sound in your student's learning space. Each card focuses on a specific sound, presenting a global view of all the ways to spell that sound. The top of each card features a sentence composed of words representing each spelling of the target sound. On the left side, a list details all the ways the sound is spelled, as well as hand motions for single sounds. The colorful illustration reinforces the sentence visually, lending to rapid recall.

After introducing the Sound Spelling Display Card, move on to the second resource: Sound Spelling Teaching Cards. These cards provide hands-on teaching materials, with one card for each individual spelling. For example, if you're focusing on the sound long U, there are four corresponding cards. Each teaching card includes a vibrant illustration and a sentence incorporating more words with that specific spelling pattern.

The third and final resource, The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns, completes the collection. This book serves as the students' portion of each lesson. When teaching a specific sound, such as long U, you'll print the lessons that offer practice for those spellings. The lessons feature sentences grouping similar words together to teach students to identify patterns through repetition. 

This comprehensive kit provides a structured and engaging approach to phonics and spelling instruction.

*Single letter sounds and W, V, P, B, and D are not included, as Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling focuses on blends of two or more letters. For single letter sounds, please see our Alphabet Collection.

For an enriched learning experience, consider pairing with these other great Child1st resources for an engaging multisensory learning experience!

For additional insights and related topics, explore these recommended articles for a deeper understanding and further exploration!

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  • Sound Spelling Display Cards
  • Sound Spelling Teaching Cards
  • The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should a child be introduced to phonics?

Commencing phonics instruction as early as kindergarten is entirely feasible when adopting a right-brained approach that incorporates images, body movement, and fosters meaningful connections for learning. This approach capitalizes on a child's natural inclination for sensory experiences and can effectively introduce phonics concepts from an early age.

What is the difference between phonics and phonemic awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the fundamental ability to recognize and distinguish individual sounds that come together to form a word. By placing a primary focus on developing this skill, children can effectively learn to discern and manipulate the sounds within words. Phonics, on the other hand, is the practice of associating these sounds with their corresponding "pictures," which are the letters that represent those sounds. Together, phonemic awareness and phonics lay the foundation for strong reading and language skills.

What is segmenting and blending?

Segmenting and blending are fundamental phonemic awareness skills that form the basis of early literacy development. Segmenting involves the practice of identifying and isolating the individual sounds within words. This skill can be introduced to children as early as preschool. Initially, you can model segmenting by saying a word out loud and asking the children to focus on the sounds they hear. Gradually, encourage them to segment the word with you, and with practice, they'll become adept at independently breaking words into their individual sounds.

Blending, on the other hand, is the complementary skill. Here, you enunciate the distinct sounds you hear in a word, then gradually bring them closer together until you say the complete word. These phonemic awareness exercises, segmenting and blending, are crucial in helping children grasp the relationship between sounds and letters, laying the foundation for reading and language skills.

What is phonetic spelling, and do you recommend it?

Phonetic spelling, also known as invented spelling, was a pedagogical trend in early education. This approach aimed to encourage children to start writing words using the letters that made sense to them, often resulting in creative spellings. For instance, a child might write "FONIX" for "phonics" or "PENSL" for "pencil."

However, promoting phonetic spelling can be detrimental because, once children associate sounds with their written representations, these initial spellings can become ingrained, making it challenging to correct them later. In my kindergarten class, a daily practice involved having children draw a picture and provide a caption for it. While their initial spellings were often inaccurate, this provided a valuable opportunity to guide them toward the correct phonics and spelling. By using the words they wanted to write as a starting point, we could effectively integrate phonics and spelling instruction, gradually helping them improve their written language skills.


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