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Teaching Emergent Readers

Hello  colleagues, At a recent workshop on teaching emergent readers, I shared the following story about Josefina, who had been one of the learners in my class a few years ago. Josefina was a woman from Puerto Rico who retired after working 25 years in a chicken processing plant. While Josefina had strong listening and speaking skills in English, she never had the opportunity to attend school as a child in Puerto Rico. In this class, we were all writing about our everyday heroes. Josefina came to my afternoon class after her work as a cook for a children's summer camp.

K-1 Phonetics-First Writing and Reading with Truespel and Beyond

It has been found that children make up their own phonetics in order to write, and those that do are among the best readers.  Now it is possible to use truespel phonetics for initial writing and reading to enhance phonemic awareness as well as making writing easy to do in regular letters phonetically.  There are many other uses, such as interventions, assessments, and ESL.  Truespel is free on the internet at and links to phonics because it's phonics based with many phonics studies to show frequency of spelling of the 40 US English phonemes.  See 

Analysis of the Sounds the letters of the Alphabet Spell

The 40 sounds of US English are spelled by the 26 letters of the alphabet.  This analysis examines each letter and lists the 10 most popular words and gives the percentage of most popular sounds that each letter spells.  This analysis examines word popularity in print, so the most repeated words account for the most frequent phonemes.  See   This is a truespel analysis.  Free truespel tutorials and converter ate at

Writing phonetically helps learning to read - time for truespel

A Harvard study this year found that kindergarten students who tried to write using their own phonetic system were the best readers.  This shows that they crave a phonetic system which is modeled after traditional spelling as much as possible.  Truespel phonetics provides this system with one spelling for each of US English 40 phonemes adopting best choice phonics for the phonemes.  Truespel tutorials and a converter are free on the internet.  Learn about phoneme frequency in text also.  See .

Using truespel phonetics for English pronunciation

Truespel is a free phonetic resource based on phonics that can replace the IPA for US English pronunciation.  It can be learned in an hour by literate folks using tutorials at and using the free two-way converter there.  Once they master the pronunciation of each of the 40 sounds of US English (and a stress and glottal stop rule), ELL's can say any word correctly when reading truespel phonetics.  They can write what they hear as well.  The science behind truespel is here .

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