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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  Phonetics isn't difficult anymore.



Leecy's picture
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Thomas, thanks for reminding us of this innovative approach to literacy instruction. I have found several definitions to differentiate between the terms "phonetics" and phonics. To help us get started on this dialogue, which I hope will grow, would you describe those two terms in the context of Truespel? You also refer frequently to younger children in the article linked above. Have you used the approach with adults? If so, can you tell us a little more about that? Thanks, much. Leecy