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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 

Free and Open Reading and Writing Resources!

Jeff Goumas has just posted a discussion, "Free & Open Resources for Academic, Employability, and 21st-Century Skills,"  providing information about an amazing set of materials in many disciplines, including Reading and Writing, which is right up our alley.

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 .

TechSoup Storytelling and More

I've mentioned TechSoup here before. If you are a non-profit, you can get huge deals on all sorts of technology tools, from long lists of equipment and software to very useful webinars. Membership is free. Once you sign up, TechSoup checks your credentials, and you are good to go.

This week, TechsSoup is offering four seminars, two of which might be of interest to you writers out there or, perhaps, to your students.

Openings available for the online course--Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL): Formative Assessment: Writing

The LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center is offering a writing section of the TEAL Formative Assessment online course. There is no charge to take the course, but we ask that you commit to actively participating and successfully completing the course if you register for the course. You must have an active LINCS account for the LINCS Learning Portal. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL): Formative Assessment

Women & Self-Esteem

2016 WE LEARN (Net)Working Gathering & Conference

April 30, 2016 (Pre-Conference April 29, 2016)
Lehman College, Bronx, New York

The theme — Women’s Self-Esteem & Confidence – keeps our attention on the ongoing need for cultivating, growing, and nourishing ourselves and others in our communities in a variety of ways—through language, thought, and action.

Pre-Conference & Conference

Friday, Pre-conference event on April 29, 2016
Self-Esteem & Confidence--Your Emergent Nature

The Writing Assigment that Changes Lives

Digital Tools for Reading and Writing Practice

Participants in the Technology and Learning Community of Practice (CoP) have been discussing different ways of involving learners using digital media. Several links and resources have been recommended.

When the Cure is a Meal, Not a Pill -- Teachable moments

Dear One and All:

I ran across this article when I was looking for a brief text to replace an outdated text in a lesson plan on finding the main idea, supporting points, and creating a summary.  It seems to me it could have multiple instructional uses for reading and writing, as well as critical thinking, listening, and speaking about our healthcare system.


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