February 18, 2009

Homeschool Favorites- Phonics by Spelling

We have a great product to share with you for our Homeschool Favorite- Product of the Week this week!!

Phonics by Spelling is a great phonics program for early readers created by Nada Wilkins- a Early Childhood and Elementary school teacher and mom of four who found an area of need when teaching her children to learn to read.

In her words:

I created this book because I couldn’t find sound cards relevant for children of today. I didn’t want to depict words starting with the sound, but rather a picture of something making the sound. I wanted the sounds to be taught crisp and without an “uh” at the end, so the sound chants were created. Using these books and musical CDs for 10 minutes, two or three times a week, can be useful for parents and educators in teaching phonics and spelling, as well as English as a second language. Children as young as 2 or 3 can learn the music chants and enjoy the pictures, then when they are old enough to start reading the sounds and spellings are in their mind.

Phonics by Spelling offers a two level book set including CD and a student workbook as well as Learning Center Packs for schools, Wall Cards, Lesson Plans and a Multi-Sound Blends Flip Book. There are so many fabulous ways you can use these products and such a great, unique way to approach phonics.

Our Experience:

My little ones are working hard on learning their letters so this was a great product for us to try out. They absolutely loved the musical CD's included in the set and the little songs that go with each letter have been sung over and over at our house. They went through the entire first CD and book in one sitting- insisting on doing many letters two times or more.

My little guy is easily distracted and does not have a very long attention span, but he was attentive the entire time we went through the book. He was very proud to be able to "help" his little sister when she got stuck on a certain letter.

My only (very small) criticism of this program is that the songs are so short, it would be nice if they were sung through twice at a time. Having to constantly repeat the songs was a bit troublesome as I was also holding the book and trying to help them with their little workbooks. Other than that we LOVED this program and I know it will be one that we use often.

We give Phonics by Spelling a very satisfied


To Buy:

Visit the Phonics by Spelling website to find out all about their fabulous products and to purchase some for your little readers.

To Win:

Phonics by Spelling has generously donated a set of their books (includes 2 books and 2 CD's) to one of our lucky readers.

To Enter:

  • Visit the Phonics by Spelling website then come back and leave us a comment telling us who you would like to win this for. Please leave a valid email address in your comment.
  • For an Extra Entry:
  • Blog about this giveaway including a link back and our Homeschool Favorites button at the top of this post. Leave us a comment including a link to the post and a valid email address.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway.

That's it!! So easy!!

Giveaway is open to US Residents only.

Giveaway ends February 25 at midnight. Winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this blog. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Good Luck!!


  1. i would love to share this with my son. i can't wait to share the love of reading with him!
    sabeckstrom at yahoo dot com

  2. We gave one of these we found at a garage sale to family so I think I would keep this for our little one and hopefully he will be reading soon! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. I will be starting this with my daughter who I believe is going to be more challengin than my first one. This sounds like it would be great to keep her attention and and teach her the information she needs to learn.
    thebovees49091 at yahoo dot com

  4. I would love this for my grandson. What a great learning experience. Thank you!

  5. Hello! What a wonderful system of learning.
    This set would be for my nephew! Many thanks, Cindi

  6. This would be great for my daughter!

    ourniftynotebook at charter dot net

  7. I teach kindergarten. I'm always seeking new ways to grab the students who need a little different approach!

  8. This would be perfect for helping me teach my son and daughter. My son is well on his way but my daughter loves to learn with musical aides so this would be very helpful. By the way,I love the free worksheets the site offers to support the product.

  9. I would love to have this for my children. My son would love it. Daughter is still too young put would still benefit from the interaction.

  10. For my eight year old daughter. She struggles with reading and everyday is a challenge. The worst part? Her six year old brother is zooming past her academically. I'd love to get this to give her some extra encouragement.

  11. Malaika says:

    I would love to have this! I recently joined together with other homeschooling families and offered to host the preschoolers in my home while other parents focus on the needs of the older one. I think this would be a great teaching tool to use with them and several families would benefit at the same time. Thanks for introducing this and for hosting this wonderful giveaway.


  12. seriously, who won the last few giveaways?


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!