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Letterland phonics covers all 44 sounds in the English language and their major recurring spelling patterns.  

The step-by-step guides for Pre-K through Grade Two and core teaching resources provide everything you need for direct phonics instruction. Learning is engaging - that's the difference!

‍‍‍Introduce the alphabet letter shapes and sounds, expand vocabulary and explore phonemic awareness. With songs and actions for all the alphabet, this is a wonderfully multi-sensory approach to learning for Pre-K students.



Grade One

Grade Two

Teaching Scope

  • Letterland who’s who a–z
  • Letter sounds and shapes a–z
  • Capital shapes A–Z
  • Long and short vowels a, e, i, o, u

Enjoy full alphabet immersion with speed and accuracy. Start to blend, segment, and learn first digraphs with the engaging Letterland spelling stories that build on the knowledge of the Letterland characters. Introduce high-frequency words and check progress with the integrated assessment stand.

Teaching Scope

  • Fast Track (6 weeks or less!): Linking a-z
  • Word Building: a, e, i, o, u, ch, ck, sh, th, th, ng
  • Onset and Rimes, Word Families with short a, e, i, o, u
  • Consonant Blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sc, sk, sp, st, sm, sn, sw
  • Long vowels and Silent Magic e: a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, he, me, she, no, go, my, fly, etc.
  • Vowel Men Out Walking: ai, ay, ea, ee, oa, ie, ue
  • r-controlled Vowels: ar, er, ir, or, ur

The focus at Grade One is on word families, digraphs, prefixes, suffixes, and fluency. The multi-sensory approach to learning is continued and students are encouraged to learn special tricks to improve fluency and ensure mastery of many more digraphs and trigraphs.

Teaching Scope

  • Word Families: ad, am, ell, et, ick, etc.

  • Consonant Blends: sk, gr, bl, -nd, -st, etc.

  • Silent Magic e: a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e

  • Soft c and Soft g

  • Long Vowel Teams: ai, ay, ee, igh, etc.

  • r-controlled Vowels: ar, er, ir, or, ore, oor, etc.

  • Diphthongs and oo: ou, ow, oi, oy

  • Contractions/apostrophes

  • Prefixes and Suffixes: re-, un-, -ed, -ing, -ful, ly

  • Comparative Endings: er, est

In Grade Two, students will learn more advanced spelling patterns, syllabification, and word structure. The program incorporates many reading and fluency activities, as well as motivational word games. There is an integrated assessment stand as well as an intervention section in this guide.

Teaching Scope

  • Review of all Grade One concepts in more challenging words

  • Consonant  doubling in multi-syllable words

  • The six syllable types and syllable division

  • Variant plurals plus silent letters dge, tch, kn

  • ce, ge, y-i before ed/es

  • oo (boot), oo (foot), ea (head), ew, aw, au

  • air, ear, ore, oor, our

  • -ve, -er, -est

  • gh (f), tion, ture

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Grade Three     Available in 2019

Grade Three facilitates students growth in word knowledge by building on previous learning in phonics, spelling, and word structure and applying that knowledge to learning more sophisticated words that occur in academic subjects across the curriculum.

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Teaching Scope

  • Graphemes and Spelling Rules: Short Vowel Sounds,
    Schwa, Long Vowel Names, Soft c (ce, ci, cy), Magic e (a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e), 1-1-1 rule, Drop e rule, Silent e, Soft g (ge, gi, gy), Contractions, Long Vowel Teams (ai, ay, ea, ee, ie, oa, ue, ui), ie or ei, Sounds of ei, Sounds of ou, Sounds of ar, Sounds of or, Sounds of ur, ir, er, Sounds of ch, y to i

  • Syllables: Syllables, Closed Syllable, vccv Syllable Division, vcccv Syllable Division, Open Syllable, vsv Syllable Division, Magic e Syllable, Vowel Team Syllable, R-controlled Syllable, Consonant -le Syllable, vv Syllable Division

  • Morphemes – Prefixes: un-, re-, pre-, dis-, mis-, com-, trans-, non-, in-, a-, ad-, uni-, bi-, tri-, in-, ex-, de-, en-, over-, under-

  • Morphemes – Roots and Greek Forms: tend, spec, struc, fin, rect, duc, mot, rupt, port, form, vis, cent, meter, photo, graph, tele, auto, phono

  • Morphemes – Suffixes: -s, -ed, -ing, -ly, -tion, -er, -est, -ful, -less, -er, -able, -ity, -ous, -ment

Intervention 1    Available in 2019

Intervention 1 provides targeted focus on Phonemic awareness, phonics, word decoding and rapid word recognition, spelling, oral reading accuracy and fluency, and motivation for reading. Comprehension and vocabulary are also part of the teaching. It is specifically for children in grades Kind‍‍‍ergarten through Grade 1 who are below reading benchmarks.

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Teaching Scope

  • Phonemic awareness: Aa-Zz

  • Word building: Aa-Zz, Long Vowels a e i o u, ck, ng, sh, ch, th, ph, -ff , -ll, all, wh, Suffix -ing, -ve, o (as in son), s (as in his)

  • Consonant blends: sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, Final -nd -nt -nk

  • Long Vowels: y as i, a_e, i‍‍‍_e, wr, e_e, o_e, u_e, ed, y as e, ai, ay, ee, ea, oa, ie, ue, ild, ind, old

  • Further Vowel Sounds and Spellings: ar, or, ir, ur, er, ow, kn, igh, oo, u, aw, au, ew, ow, ou, oy, oi, air, ear

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