It takes only 15 minute per session to cover on-going basic literacy skills.

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To purchase PHONICS UNLIMITED follow the link below:
See the contents and check how affordable this resource is.

Blake Education

Teacher Notes provided for every worksheet …
Anyone who can read can use this resource …

As this resource is intrinsically tied to VAS Theory, it is necessary to provide a brief description at the outset.

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How children are taught to read determines how their brain functions. We need to get it right in the infant grades. That means working with the brain.

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The latest research (Bruce McCandliss Stanford University) noted that the processes in the brains of whole word guessers has a right brain bias.

In phonic processors, within a split second of beginning to deciphering a word, left brain processes were triggered.

We need to understand that ‘whole language’ in infant grades is developmentally inappropriate.

We have a situation where young learners are developing their visual processing memory.

At the same time we are demanding a level of visual memory that over 30% of early learners simply don’t have.

Further, boys are on average, a year behind that of girls. So it is no surprise why so many boys struggle to “guess”.

Phonics does not require a high VAS (Visual Attention Span).

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VAS READING ECHO - On-line Assessment

Does your child / student frequently misread words?
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words like dig as big / pat as bat / nap as pan?
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yet as wet / mad as made / hop as hope?
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picnic as picture / bench as beach?
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insist as instant / consent as constant?
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ran as run / rid as red / lump as lamp?
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ram as ran / van as fan or than / bat as pat?
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Your child/student is failing to get off the ground in infant grades.
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Your child/student is one of a group of learners who suddenly hit a brick wall around the age of 10 years (Grade 4/5)
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Your child/student is blending well but struggling to master the magic words, especially the longer ones.
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Your child/student is one of a group of learners who find reading and spelling a breeze.
Check that your child has not been misdiagnosed as having a Specific Learning Deficit when a low VAS + a visual teaching approach might be the main cause.


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VAS Reading Echo will produce a Reading Profile & generate a Report on Basic Reading Skills.

Teacher, tutor and parent friendly.

Discover if VAS + teaching approach is a major factor in your child’s/student’s reading failure.



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* Sound confusions: m/n d/t a/u f/v/th i/e b/p s/sh c/g

* Vowel substitutions: bog/bag pick/peck top/tap hut/hat

* Name-sound confusions: mad/made pin/pine yet/wet clip/slip

* Common Confusions: back/bake spell/spill thing/think

* Reversals: b d p big/dig pin/bin bid/did saw/was

* Whole word guesses: on/no of/for form/from bench/beach

PHONICS UNLIMITED - Teaching Resource / Prevention / Intervention


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Phonics Unlimited has 4 levels, covering words from ‘cat’ to ‘catastrophe’. The Manual contains assessment that provides an appropriate starting point.
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The Phonics Unlimited Series teaches active phonics; that is, all newly learned sounds are blended into words and the words are, in turn, used in sentences. Students are writing meaningful sentences from UNIT 1 onwards.
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  • Letter and letter combination sound knowledge
  • Blending of sounds & syllables (prefix & suffix)
  • Word building skills / spelling rules / grammar
  • High frequency regular & irregular words
  • Homophones / Antonyms / Synonyms
  • Sentence structure / punctuation / paragraphs
  • Comprehension / Question formation
  • Dictation /
  • Components


    * Manual - includes Code Links Level 4
    * Sound Cards Level 1
    * Code Links Level 1

    * Sound Cards Level 2
    * Code Links Level 2

    * Sound Cards Level 3
    * Sound Cards Level 3

  • Manual

    The Manual contains:
    * The rational
    * Procedures
    * Progress charts
    * Placement testing
    * Level 4 worksheets
    * Contents of the Units (all Levels)

  • Sound Cards

    The Sound Cards contains:
    * Sound Cards - with teaching dialogue
    * Contents of the Units in the Level
    * Interactive whiteboard disc

  • Code Links

    The Code Links contains:
    * The procedure
    * Contents of the Unit in the Level
    * Code Links worksheets (main teaching worksheets + teaching dialogue)
    * Spelling worksheets + spelling lists - 3 difficulty levels
    * Reading worksheets - 3 difficulty levels
    * Unit Review worksheets

  • Stress & anxiety reducing

    Structured worksheets:
    * Trace and sound provides a scaffold for all new learning.
    * While the content changes, the procedures within each level remains constant. The student knows what to expect.
    * There is ample practice to build mastery.
    * Consolidation runs across all worksheets & units.
    * There are 3 levels of word difficulty - students can just as readily learn the given sound with easier word lists.
    * Spelling is scaffolded prior to spelling from dictation.
    * Students proof read their own work (teacher checks the checking).
    * Errors are practiced and used in sentences.
    * Each Unit ends with a revision worksheet - any remaining errors receive further attention.
    * Students practice sentence formation when placing the newly learned words into a context.

  • Rational

    Brain Based - it's all about establishing multi-sensory pathways.

    * visual - seeing the letter/s shape/s
    * articulatory (motor)
    * auditory (hearing) - sound sequence & discrimination
    * proprioceptive - sometimes called haptic i.e., motor memory of the letter formation - this should be a constant.

    The neuroscientist remind us that
    'neurones that fire together, wire together'.

    A strong emphasis is placed on left to right processing to establish left tract processing, which is particularly weak in context dependent, inaccurate whole word guessers.

  • Teaching Systematic Phonics

    Phonics Unlimited has the built in flexibility required for working with mixed ability groups. The teacher can teach the same skill using 3 difficulty levels - easy average or challenging.

    In Phonics Unlimited you will find 'Organisation Notes' for setting up group sessions.

    Each of the components is preceded by detailed instructions for those who are new to teaching Phonics. (See 'TEACHERS' or 'PARENTS' in the MENU)

    There are a number of separate but complementary components in the series. While all of the components (apart from the Phonics Unlimited Review work sheets) can be used as 'stand alone' resources, it is recommended that all of the components are used in sequential order to yield optimal results.

    One of the inbuilt features is ongoing consolidation across units. So the consolidation is done for you.

    All of the worksheet instructions come in the form of 'teaching dialogue' to assist teachers new to teaching phonics. Teachers can learn how to teach systematic phonics worksheet by worksheet.

    Additional instructions are given for struggling readers. The worksheets can be used in specific ways that offer additional practice and consolidation for students who need it.

    Once a teacher and her students have mastered the procedure everything else is established for them. Only the content of the worksheets change as new skills & knowledge are learned, practiced and consolidated.

To purchase PHONICS UNLIMITED follow the link below:
See the contents and check how affordable this resource is.

Blake Education


I encourage you to look in each others sections on this page. There are many advantages in using Phonics Unlimited. I have tried to choose the most pressing advantages within each section.

For the same reason I encourage you to look at the information in the Parent's page.

Click on the headings below.

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  • To teachers who already teach Systematic Phonics

    To Teachers who already teach Systematic Phonics

    The Phonics Unlimited series is flexible in that it offers you the capacity to work with mixed groups of varying levels of ability. You can teach the same sound patterns with 3 different levels of ability, offering easier tasks for the struggling student while pushing the boundaries of the average learners and providing a suitable challenge for the more able students.

    This is a scenario I envisage for a class with some Aide time.

    Train the aide in the use of the 'Code Links' worksheets.
    (the 'suggested dialogue' makes this possible)

    Split the class into 3 ability groups.

    Have the aide conduct small group sessions using the 'Code Links' with the weakest students.
    Make this prior to the classroom spelling sessions on the new letter sounds.

    Undertake whole class Spelling (the weaker students have pre-knowledge of the new sound).
    All students use the same worksheet but work with different words at different levels of difficulty ... easy / medium / challenging.

    Use the interactive white board disc to introduce the sound and have fun with it.
    (If no interactive whiteboard use the cards from the 'Sound Cards' booklet)

    Hand out the Unit worksheet.

    In turn dictate a word to each group
    - Group 1 your word is (from column 1)
    - Group 2 your word is (from column 2)
    - Group 3 your word is (from column 3)

    Have a butcher paper sheet with the correct words prepared. Have the students check their responses and make changes on their worksheets if necessary - then place them upside down on the desk.

    Have students prepare a column in their exercise books. Dictate the words again.

    Have the students use their worksheets to check the words in their exercise book.
    (proof reading)

    Collect the exercise books. Check / reward / set task - whatever you like.

    There are other suggestions in the 'Code Links' booklet.

    Use the Reading worksheets as 'Homework' - there is a parent instruction handout in the 'Code Links' booklet.

    When you look at the page titled "THE RESOURCE" on this web site you will see the enormous benefit that can be offered for this 10 minute daily activity. (Four days of worksheets = I Unit)

    This resource is very flexible - experiment with it. Use ''Reading Buddies' from higher classes to assist, listen and offer encouragement.

  • To teachers who are new to teaching Systematic Phonics

    To Teachers new to teaching Systematic Phonics

    Have you been tempted to try the joys of teaching Systematic Phonics?
    BUT find it difficult to know where to begin, or how to access the knowledge required?

    Here is a programme that:

    * doesn't require week-long courses that would overwhelm most participants.
    * can be built on Work Sheet by Work Sheet, Unit by Unit and Level by Level. You don't have to know everything before you begin, like your students, you will learn little bit by little bit.
    * is low stress - the powerful 'Trace & Sound' aspect means every student can participate.
    * ensures that you can actively provide volunteers or parents with appropriate 'helping tasks'
    * provides you with easy on-going, Unit by Unit assessment.

    Phonics Unlimited is an active teaching resource that applies the skills learned immediately.
    Meaningful sentence construction and written conventions begin on LEVEL 1 / UNIT 1.

    Phonics Unlimited is stress free for both the teacher and the student. You can rest easy in the knowledge that you have a powerful on going, flexible literacy resource at your fingertips.

    Phonics Unlimited will support all other learning that requires reading and/or written tasks.

    Wishing you all happy teaching,

  • To tutors

    To Tutors

    One of the major frustrations I encountered when running Basic Concern (my privately run learning centre) was the task of :

    a) finding suitable resources and
    b) trying to marry the different resources together

    The commercial work sheets:
    * rarely followed the same sequence of sound in their presentation
    * tended to be fragmented - eg - a worksheet on each sound - 'ai' today - 'ow' tomorrow (providing no follow on consolidation)
    * rarely included conventions like punctuation (separate worksheets had to be sought - and when found on the bookshelves they rarely matched the level I was working at)
    * were frequently based on the ‘assumption’ that the student had prior knowledge of difficult concepts

    I found this entire process frustrating, time consuming and less than ideal for the student or myself.

    The Phonics Unlimited series was developed out of that practical need for a programme that was all-inclusive, that ‘married’ the learning of letter sounds and letter combination sounds with word blending, sight words, homophones, sentence construction, comprehension and written conventions such as punctuation. At the same time it needed to be fully structured and sequenced with inbuilt consolidation. With this resource as a base, worksheets from other resources became more useful, providing extra practice or consolidation as required.

    The Resource is also very appropriate for the more challenging students that private tutors attract. The worksheets can be used in more in-depth ways as explained in the booklet.


I encourage you to look in each others sections on this page. There are many advantages in using Phonics Unlimited. I have tried to choose the most pressing advantages within each section. Homeschoolers are likely to also be Parents, so like other parents, they want answers for the difficulties their child may exhibit. There are useful links to follow in the parent section that may also be helpful for Carers.

For the same reason I encourage you to look at the information in the Teacher's page.

Click on the headings below.

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  • To Parents


    The initial impetus for writing Phonics Unlimited was due to parents saying:

    • I've been told that I'm not qualified, and could do more harm than good.
    • I'm fearful of doing the wrong thing.
    • What can I do? I'm a shopkeeper / dentist / artist etc.
    • I don't have any teaching skills.

    For a start, if you are a reader and a writer, so you do have the skills. Some of you will be more adept than others at teaching those skills. Phonics Unlimited comes with all ofthe teaching dialogue you will require. Every worksheet has a dialogue and a structure.You can rely on these as much or as little as you like but even for the more competent among you, the suggested dialogue will help set up the pattern prior to replacing the dialogue with your own.

    Phonics Unlimited will assist you in helping your child by :

    a) providing your bright child with reading, spelling and writing skills prior to going to school.

    This is recommended only for those children who are eager to start. I caution against pushing children into any sort of formal learning before they are ready; to do so is inviting a resistance to further learning and will defeat your good intension. Children will quickly let you know if they are not ready by their refusal, disinterest or even anger. If, however, these attitudes continue once they begin formal learning, as a parent I would seek answers by having the child tested
    in case there may be developmental delays or other systemic deficits.

    Visit the VAS LEARNING CENTRE web site (link is in the footer) for more information on these and other topics.

    b) establishing good reading and spelling habits from the beginning if your child is still in the
    early grades.

    No prizes for working this one out. It is self-evident.

    c) reversing and correcting inaccurate whole word guessing while reading.

    Due to current teaching practice many children become dependent on 'guessing' from how the word looks or 'guessing' from the context (reading what they think the text says, with scant attention to what their eyes perceive). This pattern can culminate in the child 'hitting a brick wall' around the age of 10. The problem won't resolve itself, the child will become a teen with poor reading skills and frequently even more severe spelling problems (a common occurence with this pattern). We believe that this is the major reason for most of the adult literacy problems in the English speaking world. This is not easy to reverse and Phonics Unlimited is one of the few programmes that tackles this problem head on.

    Use the links in the footer to access more information on this in
    VAS Reading Echo.

    d) assisting you in helping a child with a learning delay / deficit / disorder

    Phonics Unlimited is a multi sensory resource. Further, it has a 'low stress' function. Children with a delay benefit from the accumulative 'one step at a time' and facility for increasing the amount of practice and consolidation it offers. Children with a deficit gain from the multi-sensory aspect as reading and spelling pathways are connected, thereby providing greater stability. For the child who suffers from anxiety or emotional distress the 'low stress' nature of the programme is a boon.

  • To Homeschoolers

    Home Schoolers

    As a resource for homeschoolers I think you will find Phonics Unlimited to be a most helpful resource for the following reasons:

    A In around 15 minutes per session (4 sessions per week recommended) you will cover the core elements of literacy in a sequential fashion with inbuilt consolidation.

    B You will cover aspects of reading, spelling, dictation, high frequency sight words, punctuation, homophones, word building skills and comprehension.

    C Once a student becomes familiar with the structure of the session you will not need to waste words explaining what is required. This means the focus is on the content, which does of course change in an accumulative way as new concepts are learned.

    The advantage in this resource is that it takes care of the 'conventions' of reading, spelling and writing, while students can get the best out of other activities free of incorporating too much literacy learning. On the other hand the general activities provide opportunities to see the conventions in action and practise them.

  • To Carers


    Whether a relative (aunt, uncle, older sibling or grandparent), or a Carer outside the family, Phonics Unlimited provides you with the power to assist a child in your care with problems associated with reading, spelling and writing.

    Children in care have often experienced some type of trauma that has led to the disassociation from family. Such children carry emotional baggage. They certainly don't need the added pressure of reading failure. Phonics Unlimited can offer the following benefits for these children:

    A The worksheets are 'trace & sound'. This means several things. The worksheets:

    * demand specific focus.
    * slow down the response to allow uptake of the new learning.
    * promote organisational skills - as a procedure must be followed.
    * lower stress - with tracing there is guaranteed success for the bulk of the worksheets.
    * provide a 'structure' for each of the sessions, so stress is further reduced as the student becomes familiar and achievable expectations have been set and met.

    All carers in our community have my admiration for stepping up to the plate and embracing these children.

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To reinstate systematic phonics into all infant classrooms throughout the English speaking world. That is, give the greatest number of children to best start in reading, making them fully independent readers and writers.


About Us

Management / Admini: Mark

Research / Assessment: Byron

Teaching / Resources: Jean


Test your child's / student's VAS

VAS (Visual Attention Span) measures the number of symbols each individual can process at a glance and this determines word guessing capacity. You will then know the three vital benchmarks:


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