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VocabularySpellingCity helps new readers build phonics knowledge through word lists, lessons, games, and other materials. The yearlong week-by-week Phonics and Sight Words Spelling Curriculum is organized to teach sounds one at a time based on word families. Every four weeks, beginning readers learn sight words from the Dolch sight word list.

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Resources for Teaching Phonics

VocabularySpellingCity's activities and games help beginning readers learn phonics thanks to the audio feature. Students click on a word to hear it spoken, spelled, and used in a context-rich sentence, building letter-sound correspondence and vocabulary knowledge at the same time. Students can play Audio Word Match to hear, read, and match the words on their list, giving them focused reading practice that's fun. Online interactive phonics games and activities help children want to practice their words. Students play Unscramble and arrange the letters to correctly name the words on their weekly list. In the Missing Letter game, students choose the correct letter to complete a word on their list.

Print an Online Interactive Game for Offline Practice

Here are just a few examples of phonics games that can be printed as phonics worksheets. For practice with other word families or sight words, select a list from the Phonics and Sight Words Spelling Curriculum and click the green "play a Game" button; then print whichever game you'd like!

Customize Phonics Word Lists in Your Account

Though VocabularySpellingCity provides leveled phonics and sight word lists, some teachers and parents use their own word lists. No problem! Free registration allows teachers and parents to input their own lists. That means you can use our interactive beginning reader games and printable activities to enhance any phonics or sight word curriculum. And with Premium Membership, parents and teachers can see their students' progress with test results, progress tracking, and record keeping features.

Meeting the Common Core State Standards

VocabularySpellingCity's phonics lists, games, worksheets, and activities help students develop vocabulary that meets the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. For example, Kindergarten students are expected to "know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words." And this standard continues through 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade reading goals. With VocabularySpellingCity, students can meet their Common Core Standards goals, teachers and parents get the curriculum support they need, and beginning readers become confident readers while having fun!

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