Make decoding and spelling easier
© 1999 Ann Turner
The clues pages are for one-syllable phonetic words. You use them the same way you use the packets, by having a student spell the words with the help of the clues and then read back the words he or she just spelled a moment ago. The next lesson, your pupil reads or spells the words without the clues, writing the trickiest words to help the memory. You can use the pages for reading and save memorized spelling for the next year; or you can use them for spelling only, depending on what your student needs most.

Tutors and home-schooling parents can use these pages for older students as well as children in grades two through four because the format is age-neutral and helps students to see that most spelling makes sense. This approach helps with blending, sequencing, retrieval, and auditory discrimination the same way the packets do. Read the page about the Packets Game to see how spelling this way

-- makes a detour around blending.

-- keeps the letters properly sequenced in their beginning, middle, and ending

-- by-passes retrieval problems, speeds up responses, and minimizes errors by
        having the letter clues visible.

     --helps auditiory discrimination by having only one vowel to a word-set in Level One and
  saving choices of vowels for Level Two.

You don't write on these pages, so they can be used over and over. Start with the placement tests so that you don't waste time on pages you don't need, and repeat pages that need repeating.

The Packets Game comes in three levels of complexity. The Spelling With Clues pages have separate folders for the same three levels:

1 - Rhyming
2 - Single vowel
3 - Choice of vowels

The clues pages also come in separate folders for five different types of words (15 folders and more than 1250 words, with placement tests):

1 - Three-letter words
Words like fit and rug and hen

2 - Words with silent e
Words like tale and cube and strike

3 - Words with short vowels and consonant blends
Words like clap and silk and kept

4 - Words with vowel combinations (or vowel plus r)
Words like roof and sound and fork

5 - Words with vowel combinations with long-vowel sounds
Words like team and float and plain

Second graders "graduate" from the Packets Game when they can name the letters instead of needing letter-cards to move around. The packets and the clues pages for three-letter words have the same numbers, so you can move seamlessly into the clues pages.

Students, including dyslexics, do not all have the same learning styles. If you use both Spelling With Clues and the Color Code, you will find that some students move more quickly through the phonetic Spelling With Clues pages and some move more quickly through the varied vocabulary in the Color Code. The advantage of using flexible materials is that you can use both clues and colors and proceed along two separate tracks without squeezing your pupil into a lock-step reading program, but make sure you keep both trains running, even if one is an express and the other is a local.

For example, some dyslexics and some children with unclear speech have a terrible time decoding "blend words" like left and felt and pond and scrub. Words like this are often introduced too early in phonetic programs to students who can nevertheless make good, steady progress through the Color Code materials. Yet these students won't be able to read longer words accurately unless they can master the fine-tuned details in these blend words.

What you can do is move more quickly through a natural story-telling vocabulary and read real stories with the help of the Color Code. Meanwhile, postpone the blends and keep working on the clues pages for three-letter words, the same words that were in the packets. Go through the hardest level of the three-letter words (the one with a choice of vowels). Then do the silent e clues pages. Then, after all this preparation, try the blend pages again and go through them slowly and carefully. It's with this kind of pupil that you will be glad you aren't locked into workbook pages.

Some students are good at sounding out but have trouble with memorizing non-phonetic words (words with irregular spellings like said and thought and heard). With this kind of student, use the clues pages for memorized spelling only, and use the placement tests so that you can do only the pages that he or she needs, thereby saving time to concentrate on the Color Code and the difficult nonphonetic words that are translated by the colors.

You need a vowel pack to prepare for the spelling pages with vowel combinations. The vowel pack, which is a staple of Orton-Gillingham teaching, is practiced regularly so that the vowels, with their key words and sounds, are overlearned and ready to apply to reading and spelling words. The Color Code materials include a vowel pack, with directions on how to use the colors to speed up memorization and how to use games and handwriting for reinforcement.

Three Options:

     1 -THREE-LETTER SPELLING WITH CLUES - 213 three-letter words
(Beginners, ages 6 to adult)

2 -BLEND SPELLING WITH CLUES - 384 short vowel/consonant blends words
(Ages 7 to adult)

3 - COMPLETE SPELLING WITH CLUES five phonetic caregories
(Ages 7 to adult)

The Spelling With Clues exercises are training wheels that help students of all ages learn how to sound out phonetic words and spell them accurately. The format of both the clues pages and the words pages is clear enough for children as young as six but neutral enough to preserve the dignity of adult basic-literacy students.
























     The Spelling with Clues pages can be printed out free of charge as e-mail attachments.
A thorough manual is included.

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Click here to see the PICTURE  PACKETS
Click here to see the TRANSITION PACKETS
Click here to see the COLOR CODE
Click here to see the TRADING GAME
Click LESSON PLANS to see how to use the Spelling With Clues exercises for tutoring an at-risk beginner.