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Welcome to Phonics.net.au

This website offers a free, comprehensive and sequential phonic program for teaching children how to read. It is split into eight sections (including Phonic Packs) which are designed to be completed in order, however, each lesson is self contained and it's possible to pick and choose.

Each section is written so the lessons/activities can be stapled together to make a student booklet. Each section comes with detailed Tutor Notes.
To access each section click below.

You may also find the following posts useful in making the most of this Phonic program.


Why Teach Phonics?
What is in each Phonic Pack?
Lesson Schedules

You can also access types of lessons such as Single Sounds or Digraphs by scrolling down the menu on the left.

Continue reading to find out more about this program.



My name is Glenys Deutscher.

I am a school teacher with 37 years experience and over the years it has been my privilege to teach all Primary School Year Levels, from Kindergarten to Year 7.

I have been inspired to write these Phonic Books because I believe that systematic phonic instruction is the most successful way to teach children how to read and spell. Once children learn the sound for each letter of the alphabet, and can sound out three letter words, a whole new world of reading is opened up for them. Their confidence grows as they realise they can read and they soon learn to sound out longer words. The ability to read words fluently and with confidence improves reading comprehension. I have taught Year One children for many years and am convinced that a systematic phonic based programme enhances children’s reading progress. Each year I taught Year One, I had children who were non readers at the beginning of the year, progress to a reading age of over 8 years. Similar progress can also be tracked with Year 2 and Year 3 children whom I have taught with the phonic based programme. I have also used this programme to help older children who have been struggling with reading, with beneficial results.

I have written these Phonic Packs for parents (or other care givers) to work with a child because I am convinced there are many advantages for both child and parent to work through the programme together. Each year I have worked with many supportive parents whose positive input has improved their children’s learning.

Teachers and tutors will also find the lessons invaluable as they progressively and systematically work through a direct phonic programme. These lessons are sequential, so moving progressively through the phonic books could be your phonic programme (already written for you). However, each lesson stands alone, so if you do not want to move through the programme lesson by lesson you can choose which lessons are applicable to your classroom/teaching situation. Feel free to cut and paste.

Children not only need to learn how to read, they also need to be able to comprehend what they are reading. I have included a simple comprehension exercise at the end of each lesson to encourage the development of comprehension skills.

To be a fluent reader children also need to be able to confidently recognise common sight (look-say) words, so lessons introducing appropriate sight words are included in the Phonic Packs.

To help develop children's writing skills I have integrated simple punctuation exercises in to the Phonic Packs, and lessons encouraging the correct spelling of common words are included in Phonic Packs 5 and 6.

To encourage children to spell words correctly when they are writing, and to help children develop good dictionary skills, I have included a simple personal dictionary, which should be used when a child's writing skills develop to the stage where he/she is writing simple sentences.

To access the complete Phonic Packs click on the links in the menu to the left.

If you are searching for a specific type of activity (eg digraphs, reading sheets, initial sounds) scroll down the categories which can also be found (near the top) to the left. Some of the lessons in these categories are extension lessons which integrate reading with other learning areas and do not appear in the Phonic Packs eg Christmas, Easter, Writing Activities.

It is so important for children to be confident readers. It is my desire that this programme will help parents/teachers/tutors to empower children to achieve this goal.


If you have any questions please leave a comment on the questions page.


Happy reading,
Glenys Deutscher.

A number of people have enquired about ordering a hard copy of the phonic packs to save on printing costs and time.
To place an order:
1. Select your Phonic Pack
2. Click on the button below.


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NB: The following posts are the latest lessons/activities I have added to phonics.net.au. To access whole Phonic Packs click on the appropriate 'cover page' picture at the beginning of this site. For specific categories, click on the appropriate category/ies to the (top) left of this site.


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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 12 - Silent 'g' as in gnome, gnat and gnaw

Print the above image and use with the Tutor Notes for Lesson 12.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Twelve: Silent ‘g’ as in gnome, gnat and gnaw
Word Building:
1. Write the word gnome and add an s.
Read the word.

2. Write the word gnat and add an s.
Read the word.

3. Write the word gnu and add an s.
Read the word.

4. Write the word gnaw and add an s.
Write the word gnaw and add ed.
Write the word gnaw and add ing.
Read the words.

5. Write the word gnash and add ed.
Write the word gnash and add ing.
Write the word gnash and add es.
Read the words.

6. Write the word gnarl and add ed.
Read the word.

7. Discuss the words with your
teacher.




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Tutor Notes to Accompany Lesson 12 in Phonic Pack 8

Print the above Tutor Notes and use with Lesson 12.

Printing Instructions

Lesson 11: Silent ‘g’ as in gnome and gnat and gnaw:
Page 24:
Discuss the picture of the Gnomesville Garden (page 24) with the children. (Picture Talk)
Note the gate at the top of the picture.

If you have time the children may like to colour in the garden (with coloured pencils – felt tipped pens ruin small pictures).
They could just colour in the gnomes or if there is time they may like to colour in the whole garden – even adding extra bushes, flowers or animals.

After the discussion ask the children to read the sentences at the bottom of the page.

Follow the instructions on page 25.
Work with lead pencil so incorrect answers can be erased and replaced with the correct answers.
Don’t discuss the meaning of the words – let the children find the words in a dictionary.
Children enjoy a challenge. If the children are not used to using a dictionary you may need to guide the children to the section in the dictionary that lists words beginning with ‘gn’.
NB: Extension Activity:
1. If the children are used to using a simple dictionary (using the first letter in the word only) they may be ready to use a Junior Dictionary where they will find the words in true
Alphabetical Order.
Lessons 1-6, in Phonic Pack 7, help children learn how to put/find words that are listed in alphabetical order. It would be beneficial for the children to work through these lessons.

2. Ask the children to plan and write a menu for the banquet in
Gnomesville. (integration into Writing)
What food would gnomes have at a banquet?
Discuss with the children how a menu is written.
Have a few menu examples to show and discuss.


Lesson Twelve: Silent ‘g’ as in gnome and gnat and gnaw:
Page 26: word building:

The activities:
• consolidate words they know
• introduce words they have not encountered before
• clarify the meaning of each word
• encourage correct spelling of the word in future writing
• introduces word building - the pathway to new words and correct
spelling
• allow each child’s reading, writing and speaking vocabularies to be
extended from his/her own level of development.

NB: adding ‘s’,’es’, ‘ed’, ‘ing’ is an exercise that should be worked often with words the children can already read and spell.



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Phonic Book 8 - Lesson 11 - Silent 'g' as in gnome and gnat and gnaw - Page 1 of 2


Print the above image and use with page 2 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 11

Printing Instructions


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Phonic Book 8 - Lesson 11 - Silent 'g' as in gnome and gnat and gnaw - Page 2 of 2
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Print the above image and use with page 1 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 11.

Printing Instructions

The Gnomesville Garden Test:
1. Read the following words.

gnash gnome gnarl gnat
gnu gnaw gnocchi

2. What do you notice is the same in each word?
3. Each gnome in Gnomesville Garden is speaking the meaning of a word.
The silent g words above match the meanings.
4. Your task is to match each word with its correct meaning by writing it on the line in the appropriate speech bubble.
5. When you’ve matched each word with its correct meaning show your work to your teacher.
6. When you have them all correct write your name in the ticket below.
Congratulations! You are off to a Gnomeville Banquet.



Tutor Notes for Lesson 11
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Tutor Notes for Lesson 11 - Phonic Pack 8

Print the above Tutor Notes and use with Lesson 11.

Printing Instructions

Lesson 11: Silent ‘g’ as in gnome and gnat and gnaw:
Page 24:
Discuss the picture of the Gnomesville Garden (page 24) with the children. (Picture Talk)
Note the gate at the top of the picture.

If you have time the children may like to colour in the garden (with coloured pencils – felt tipped pens ruin small pictures).
They could just colour in the gnomes or if there is time they may like to colour in the whole garden – even adding extra bushes, flowers or animals.

After the discussion ask the children to read the sentences at the bottom of the page.

Follow the instructions on page 25.
Work with lead pencil so incorrect answers can be erased and replaced with the correct answers.
Don’t discuss the meaning of the words – let the children find the words in a dictionary.
Children enjoy a challenge. If the children are not used to using a dictionary you may need to guide the children to the section in the dictionary that lists words beginning with ‘gn’.
NB: Extension Activity:
1. If the children are used to using a simple dictionary (using the first letter in the word only) they may be ready to use a Junior Dictionary where they will find the words in true Alphabetical Order.
Lessons 1-6, in Phonic Pack 7, help children learn how to put/find words that are listed in alphabetical order. It would be beneficial for the children to work through these lessons.

2. Ask the children to plan and write a menu for the banquet in
Gnomesville. (integration into Writing)
What food would gnomes have at a banquet?
Discuss with the children how a menu is written.
Have a few menu examples to show and discuss.


Lesson Twelve: Silent ‘g’ as in gnome and gnat and gnaw:
Page 26: word building:

The activities:
• consolidate words they know
• introduce words they have not encountered before
• clarify the meaning of each word
• encourage correct spelling of the word in future writing
• introduces word building - the pathway to new words and correct
spelling
• allow each child’s reading, writing and speaking vocabularies to be
extended from his/her own level of development.

NB: adding ‘s’,’es’, ‘ed’, ‘ing’ is an exercise that should be worked often with words the children can
already read and spell.



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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 10 - 'eer' as in deer and cheer and steer

Print the above image and use with the Tutor Notes for Lesson 10, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Ten: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer
1. Look at the word mountaineer.
2. Your teacher will give you a time limit to find as many words as you can in the word mountaineer.
3. Write the words in the
mountain.




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Phonic Book Eight - Extension Activity - 'A Treasure Hunt' - Lessons 9 and 10

Print the above image and use with the crossword on page 21, Lesson 9, and the Tutor Notes for the Extension Activity, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

A Treasure Hunt!
Extension Activity:
Fill your Treasure Chest with treasure!
How many pearls can you find?
The crossword on page 21 has lots of hidden words.
See how many hidden words you can find
and write them in the pearls in your Treasure Chest.
Write one word on each pearl.
If you find all the pearls write extra words on the Treasure Chest.



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Extension Activity - 'A Treasure Hunt'

Print the above image and use with the crossword on page 21, Lesson 9, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Tutor Notes for Lessons 9, 10 and the extension activity.


Lesson 9: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer: is self-explanatory.


Lesson 10: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer:

At the beginning of the lesson discuss the meaning of the word ‘mountaineer’.

Determining her/his score integrates Maths with this reading activity.

You may decide to turn this activity into a competition ie Who obtains the highest score?
If so, discuss the rules and ‘how to score’ before the competition begins.


Extension Activity: Children love a challenge – you may like to give a time limit
There are over twenty smaller words hidden in the crossword.
Explain to the children that you don’t want them to use any of the ‘eer’ words that they have already found in the crossword.

At the end of this activity you could ask each child to find out how much his/her chest of treasure is worth. (integration with Mathematics)

Set up a scoring sheet (depending on the mathematical ability of the children in your class)
ie: each pearl with a two letter word is worth ?
each pearl with a three letter word is worth ?
each pearl with a four letter word is worth ?
(there is at least one 5 letter word and at least one 6 letter word)

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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 9 - page 1 of 2 - 'eer' as in deer and cheer and steer

Print the above image and use with page 2 of Lesson 9 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 9, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Nine: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer

1. Read the following words.

deer steer peer cheer sheer
queer pioneer engineer volunteer

2. What sound can you hear in all these words?
3. In each word circle the letters that make this sound.
4. Discuss the meaning of each word with your teacher.
5. Turn to page 21.

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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 9 - page 2 of 2 - 'eer' as in deer and cheer and steer

Print the above image and use with page 1 of Lesson 9 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 9, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions



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Tutor Notes to Accompany Lessons 9 and 10 in Phonic Book Eight

Print the above image and use Lessons 9 and 10 in Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson 9: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer: is self-explanatory.


Lesson 10: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer:

At the beginning of the lesson discuss the meaning of the word ‘mountaineer’.

Determining her/his score integrates Maths with this reading activity.

You may decide to turn this activity into a competition ie Who obtains the highest score?
If so, discuss the rules and ‘how to score’ before the competition begins.


Extension Activity: Children love a challenge – you may like to give a time limit
There are over twenty smaller words hidden in the crossword.
Explain to the children that you don’t want them to use any of the ‘eer’ words that they have
already found in the crossword.

At the end of this activity you could ask each child to find out how much his/her chest of
treasure is worth. (integration with Mathematics)

Set up a scoring sheet (depending on the mathematical ability of the children in your class)
ie: each pearl with a two letter word is worth ?
each pearl with a three letter word is worth ?
each pearl with a four letter word is worth ?
(there is at least one 5 letter word and at least one 6 letter word)
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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 9 - page 1 of 2 - 'eer' as in deer and cheer and steer

Print the above image and use with page 2 of Lesson 9 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 9, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Nine: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer

1. Read the following words.

deer steer peer cheer sheer
queer pioneer engineer volunteer

2. What sound can you hear in all these words?
3. In each word circle the letters that make this sound.
4. Discuss the meaning of each word with your teacher.
5. Turn to page 21.

crossword phonics
Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 9 - page 2 of 2 - 'eer' as in deer and cheer and steer

Print the above image and use with page 1 of Lesson 9 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 9, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions



phonic programme
Tutor Notes to Accompany Lessons 9 and 10 in Phonic Book Eight

Print the above image and use Lessons 9 and 10 in Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson 9: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer: is self-explanatory.


Lesson 10: ‘eer’ as in deer and cheer and steer:

At the beginning of the lesson discuss the meaning of the word ‘mountaineer’.

Determining her/his score integrates Maths with this reading activity.

You may decide to turn this activity into a competition ie Who obtains the highest score?
If so, discuss the rules and ‘how to score’ before the competition begins.


Extension Activity: Children love a challenge – you may like to give a time limit
There are over twenty smaller words hidden in the crossword.
Explain to the children that you don’t want them to use any of the ‘eer’ words that they have
already found in the crossword.

At the end of this activity you could ask each child to find out how much his/her chest of
treasure is worth. (integration with Mathematics)

Set up a scoring sheet (depending on the mathematical ability of the children in your class)
ie: each pearl with a two letter word is worth ?
each pearl with a three letter word is worth ?
each pearl with a four letter word is worth ?
(there is at least one 5 letter word and at least one 6 letter word)
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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 8 - 'ain' as in fountain

Print the above image and use with the Tutor Notes for Lesson 8, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Eight: ‘ain’ as in fountain
1. Turn to page 17.
2. Read the five ‘ain’ words you have written on the lines.
3. Circle the ‘ain’ at the end of each word.
4. Read the words aloud and notice how the ‘ain’ at the end of each word is
pronounced.
5. Discuss this with your teacher.
----------------------------- ----------------------------- ----------------------------- -----------------------
6. Look at the ‘ain’ words so you can write each one without looking back.
7. Your teacher will call the words so you can write them on the lines below.



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Phonic Book Eight - Tutor Notes for Lessons Seven and Eight

Print the above image and use with Lesson 8, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson 7: ‘ain’ as in fountain

When the children have unjumbled the words discuss the meaning of each word.
This is a very important step. Make sure it is thoroughly covered.

The five jumbled words are: fountain, captain, curtain, bargain, mountain.


Lesson 8: ‘ain’ as in fountain

Page 19 No 5. When we pronounce these words the ‘ain’ at the end of them is shortened to an “n” sound.

Page 19 No 6. Let the children know you are going to test the words.
Give them a few minutes to learn how spell the words.
Perhaps they could work in pairs – orally testing one another.

Page 19 No 7. Discuss results and, if necessary, follow up with the children.









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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 7 - page 1 of 2 - 'ain' as in fountain

Print the above image and use with page 2 of Lesson 7, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Seven: ‘ain’ as in fountain

1. Turn to page 18 and look at the fountain.
2. Your challenge is to use the letters flowing out of the fountain and order them in to five words.
3. Write the words on the following lines.

Here are some clues to help you:
1. There are five main sprays coming out of the fountain.
2. Each spray has a jumbled word in it.
3. Unjumble the words one spray at a time.


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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 7 - page 2 of 2 - 'ain' as in fountain

Print the above image and use with page 1 of Lesson 7, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions




Tutor Notes for Lessons 7 and 8 - Phonic Book 8.
Phonic Book 8 - Tutor Notes for Lessons 7 and 8.

Print the above image and use Lessons 7 and 8, Phonic Book 8.

Printing Instructions



Lesson 7: ‘ain’ as in fountain

When the children have unjumbled the words discuss the meaning of each word.
This is a very important step. Make sure it is thoroughly covered.

The five jumbled words are: fountain, captain, curtain, bargain, mountain.


Lesson 8: ‘ain’ as in fountain

Page 19 No 5. When we pronounce these words the ‘ain’ at the end of them is shortened to an “n” sound.

Page 19 No 6. Let the children know you are going to test the words.
Give them a few minutes to learn how spell the words.
Perhaps they could work in pairs – orally testing one another.

Page 19 No 7. Discuss results and, if necessary, follow up with the children.

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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson Six - Page 1 of 2 - 'the' as in breathe

Print the above image and use with page 2 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 6.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Six: ‘the’ as in breathe and bathe

1. Read the ‘the’ words on page 14.
2. Each of these words is in the crossword.
Circle each word when you find it in the crossword.
Use a different colour to circle each word.

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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson Six - page 2 of 2 - 'the' as in breathe and bathe

Print the above image and use with page 1 and the Tutor Notes for Lesson 6.

Printing Instructions

4. Here is a challenge for you.
There are at least 20 words hidden in the crossword on page 15.
Each word has two or more letters in it.
Can you find them all? Write them on the lines.

1. 11.
2. 12.
3. 13.
4. 14.
5. 15.
6. 16.
7. 17.
8. 18.
9. 19.
10. 20.



NB: Tutor Notes for Lesson 6 are with Tutor Notes for Lesson 5.

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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 5 - 'the' as in breathe and bathe

Print the above image and use with the Tutor Notes for Lesson 5.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Five: ‘the’ as in breathe and bathe

1. Write ‘the’ in the spaces to complete the words.
brea __ __ __ shea __ __ __
ba __ __ __ la __ __ __
clo __ __ __ wri __ __ __
loa __ __ __ soo __ __ __

2. Read the words and discuss the meaning of each word with your tutor.
3. Put the words in alphabetical order.

4. Look each word up in a dictionary and read its meaning.
5. Put each word into a sentence.



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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 5 - 'the' as in breathe and bathe

Print the above image and use with Lesson 5.

Printing Instructions

Lesson 5: ‘the’ as in breathe and bathe

Page 14 No 2: It is important for the children to know the meaning of each word.

Page 14 No3: If the children do not confidently understand how to put words into alphabetical order it may be beneficial for them to work the activities on putting words into alphabetical order which can be found on phonics.net.au, Phonic Book 7, pages 1-8.

Putting/finding words in alphabetical order is an important skill for children to master as we use it so much in everyday life. eg dictionaries, telephone directories, street directories, all kinds of lists …

Page 14 No5: If a child REALLY understands the meaning of a word she/he will be able to put it into a sentence. The sentence does not have to be written down, working orally is good.


Lesson 6: ‘the’ as in breathe and bathe

A second lesson consolidates facts introduced and learnt in the first.
The crossword and smaller word challenge are self-explanatory.


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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 4 - Page 1 of 2 - Silent 'h' as in ghost and rhyme and hour

Print the above image and use with page 2 - Lesson 4.

Printing Instructions

Lesson Four: Silent ‘h’ as in ghost and rhyme and hour

1. Read all the silent ‘h’ words you wrote on page 11.
2. Here are some more silent ‘h’ words.
Read them and discuss the meaning of each one with your tutor.

honesty scheme ghetto honours honourable

3. Look at the table below.
Read the words and discuss with your teacher how the words have been
categorised.

4. Using the same categorisation, add the above words to the table.

5. Write the word ‘Rhodes’ in the correct column in the table.

silent h as in rhyme

rhyme
rhubarb
rhinoceros
rhythm


6. Pick up a red pencil and trace over the silent ‘h’ in each word.

7. Read all of your silent ‘h’ words.


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Phonic Book Eight - Lesson 4 - Page 2 of 2 - Silent 'h' as in ghost and rhyme and hour

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Printing Instructions



NB: The Tutor Notes for Lesson Four are to be found with the Tutor Notes for Lesson Three.

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