SPELD (SA) Phonic Books
SPELD SA Phonic Books are free to use
The SPELD SA Phonic Books were created to provide low cost / free resources to support the educational needs of children, young adults, and those who have English as a second language. Different versions of the same book can be used online, downloaded onto a computer, iPad, tablet or printed as a book. The books suit a variety of ages and abilities. Please use these books at your discretion, accounting for your child’s ability, age or need.
Learning to read using phonic books
The best way to teach someone to read, regardless of age, is to start by systematically and explicitly teaching the relationship between letters and the sounds in English. The challenge is often to provide the learner with suitable texts that they can read independently from the start, using the letter-sound knowledge they have been taught.
The SPELD SA Phonic Books use the sequence of sounds used in the Jolly Phonics synthetic phonics program, which teaches 42 main sounds in English and how those sounds are represented as single letters and a combination of letters. Students say and blend these letter-sounds together to hear words. This is called decoding. Initially students may need practice decoding single words and then move onto phonic books.
The goal of reading is to engage with the written word, be it to find out information, to access different realities or immerse yourself in someone else’s world. However, it is important that while a student is learning to read that they are given decodable phonic books to establish and secure their reading skills. While the words in the SPELD SA Phonic Books are deliberately limited to the letter-sounds in the sequence, each book includes questions and discussion points to encourage the reader to relate the content to their own knowledge and experience.