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Resources for teaching and learning

There are a range of resources to support teachers in using the Ready to Read Phonics Plus books. 

Teacher support materials (TSM) are provided online for each book with a sample lesson sequence. 

Audio files of the focus sounds are also available online. Listen to these to ensure you are teaching the correct sounds. Correct pronunciation of kupu Maori from each book are also included in the audio recording.

A lesson plan template (Google Docs) is provided for those teachers who wish to plan their own lessons.

High utility flashcards contain all of the high utility words for each phase. 

Phonics flashcards_ChitChat.



Ready to Read Phonics Plus_Chit Chat book.

Grapheme flashcards can be used interchangeably with manipulatives such as magnetic letters. They can be printed and stuck onto cards or small blocks. They support teachers and children to manipulate letters and create words during the making and breaking part of the lesson. This gives children the opportunity to both read and spell decodable words that contain the letter-sound patterns they are learning. 

Children who have good motor skills could use whiteboards and pens to form the letters and construct the words. 

The manipulatives can also be used in the spelling activity described in the back of each Phonics Plus book.


Ready to Read Phonics Plus Tupu | Seedling book overview.

Book overviews will be provided for each of the four phases in the Phonics Plus books. These overviews give the order in which the books should be used and identify focus sound sequences, the decodable words using the focus sounds, and the new high utility words for each book.

Kākano|Seed, Tupu|Seedling, and Māhuri|Sapling overviews are online now.




Other resources

Te Whāriki Online: Word play and phonological awareness
Advice about how to encourage language and communication learning. Particularly valuable for developing phonological awareness (recognising and working with the sounds of spoken language).

Te Whāriki Online: Understanding oral language
Describes the relationship between speech, social interaction, early literacy and language and how they contribute to communication.


Te Whāriki Online: Stepping stones in oral language  
Find out about the development of the English language. Stepping stones for young children (2.5–5 years) shows the broad progressions seen in the development of oral language in young children and are still relevant for some children when they start school.

Te Whāriki Online: Expanding vocabulary
Some practical and effective ways to expand vocabulary through providing engaging experience that children can draw on in their communication. 


Te Whāriki Online: Reading and oral language
A description of the important reciprocal relationship between speaking, listening, and reading. 


Te Whāriki Online: Conversations and questions 
Guidance about asking children open-ended questions to support their language development.  

Updated on: 04 Oct 2021