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.


The SPELD SA Phonic Books Structure

The letter-sounds taught in the Jolly Phonics sequence are grouped into sets, as outlined below. 

Set Phonics Sequence

The books in each set have words that contain the letter-sounds that the student blends together to hear words. The letter-sound knowledge accumulates as the sets progress. Therefore, for example, the words in the books in Set 6 include the letter-sounds from sets 1-6.

In each book, there are instructions for blending the sounds in the words in the text. There are suggestions for games that can provide practice in reading the special words automatically. If students try to read without the necessary preparation, they may find reading difficult and become discouraged and/or try to guess the words from the pictures or the first one or two letters.

Many of the books have worksheets to allow the student to practice writing using the text as a basis. Fluency charts are also included to encourage students to read with greater speed and accuracy.


Printing Tips

The printable versions of these phonic books have been designed so that once printed, the pages can be folded in half to create an A5 book.

When you print the books if you go into the printer properties of your printer and look for “flip on long edge" or "flip on short edge". Tick the flip on short edge box.

If you use Google Chrome as your browser, when you select to print, you should be able to select to Print Using System Dialog, and then from there, click on Preferences, and you can select “2-sided Printing”, and you may then be able to click on tab “Layout” and select Binding Position as “Top Bind”.


Free PDF Flipping Reader

If you would like to download a free PDF reader to your computer so that you can turn the pages of each book when you are not online, download the Flipping PDF Reader from here http://webstunning.com/pdf-reader/?/pdf-reader. If you save the iPad/Tablet version of the PDFs to your computer, you can open them in this PDF reader, and it acts like a book allowing you to turn the pages. Note: The Flipping PDF Reader program is downloaded in a zipped file as it is a large file, so you will need to extract it before you install it.

SPELD SA is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1969. We provide advice and services to children and adults with specific learning difficulties and those who care for, teach, and work with them.

Our organisation is governed by a council, whose members include parents, teachers, accountants, lawyers, psychologists, optometrists, doctors, speech pathologists and other interested professionals.

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