Phonics lessons for all age groups

Phonics lessons produce the best results for improving literacy. This site will show you how to teach phonics effectively.

My name is Dorothy Greenald. My own experience and that of other professionals bear ample testimony to the value of this kind of teaching and learning. The lessons described here are based on the results of much research into reading and spelling difficulties. The workbooks and games are based on my training at Postgraduate level and on my experience over many years. I have helped students of all ages to improve their reading and writing skills. Some have dyslexia and others have fallen behind for other reasons. I have been delighted to see the wonderful progress they have made. So have they! The main focus of this website is practical help using phonics lessons for those who make too little progress in literacy.

There are free printable phonics worksheets and free reading games here and also low cost workbooks and games available for purchase. A free user guide is available on request to help you choose the correct phonics programme for reading and spelling improvement. It is well known that the UK government now recommends using phonics to teach reading and spelling and that phonics instruction combined with other strategies is proving highly successful in many countries around the globe.

Are you a teacher, parent, teaching assistant or other educational professional? Do you share my concerns? Don't we all hate to see young people struggling to read and write and losing the joy of learning?

I offer some practical suggestions for teaching literacy skills to students of all ages.

How to achieve your goals?

Use multisensory, structured phonics-based, cumulative methods.

The results?

The structured workbooks and games you will find here for phonics lessons promote better literacy skills, confidence and self-esteem (certificates of achievement are included)and access to school and college curricula.

You know that better literacy skills are the key to turning attitudes and performance around. I can help you create this key.

You will be able to do what I have been doing for years. You can enjoy the same measure of success. Had you remembered that reading sparks the mind?

What do you need?

Busy parents, teachers or assistants need

1. Inspiration and enthusiasm for yourself and to pass on.

2. Prepared photocopiable / re-usable materials that are low cost, age appropriate - not babyish and easy to use - no preparation needed.

Read Write Spell structured workbooks and games include adequate reinforcement of prior phonic learning,introduction of one new reading and spelling pattern at a time, activities to improve speaking, listening, phonological awareness and vocabulary extension, letter, word and sentence level practice work, using only letters and words consisting of phonic patterns already taught one at a time, and a simple game specific to the latest teaching point.

Things to do

Do remember to encourage and praise students.

Use certificates of achievement (recommended and included).

Do monitor progress. Repeat a reading and spelling test (some are free – see the free user guide). Do it after, say, six months, and tell the student how many more words he or she can read or spell (do not quote "reading age" or "spelling age" to the student).

Your students will thank you for these phonics lessons.

Click the link for details of my Read Write Spell literacy programmes.

Better phonological awareness helps literacy
helping to improve phonological awareness through listening, speaking and singing
Listening Activities
Listening activities to improve phonological awareness
Games for improving literacy
Ready to use games to play when implementing a structured literacy programme
A free game
A free game (pairs) you can print to improve phonological awareness
Read Write Spell details and prices
Read Write Spell structured workbooks and games to develop literacy skills
A sample phonics lesson plan you can use or adapt
How to write a lesson plan for teaching reading and spelling through phonics
A suggested phonic progression
A phonic progression for introducing one sound or spelling rule or affix at a time. This is the order in which they are introduced in Read Write Spell.
English spelling rules grouped into nine categories
A summary of English spelling rules
A sample reading chart you can adapt
A sample reading chart for reinforcement of prior learning copied from Read Write Spell lesson 3 series7
Spelling patterns for reinforcing prior learning
recall of learned spelling patterns - two sample pages
Sample tracking activities - free for you to use
Free tracking activities to use and adapt
Word level work
Word level work for practising a new phonic teaching point in a structured programme
Sentence level work for practice
Free sample sentence level work in a structured phonics programme
Look Say Cover Write Check
a free sample look say cover write check page
Multisensory Teaching
the benefits of multisensory teaching and learning
Glossary of terms used in phonics teaching
A glossary of terms used in phonics catch up programmes
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Contact form
Online Tuition
Online Tuition using Skype to improve literacy.