Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What are some different ways of spelling the long sound of A?

The letter A is a vowel. A by itself can be pronounced as long a, such as, I will go on a hike.

A common letter pattern for long a, is the letter a, followed by a consonant, followed by a silent e; such as cake, made, grapes, and mate.

The letters AI is also another common pattern for long A, such as in train, aim, paid, and grain. However, the AI also represents the sound of short E in the word said.

AY is another long A pattern, as in lay, play, stay. and gray.

The AI pattern is found in the middle of the syllable, whereas AY is used mainly at the end of the word. An exception to this is the word crayon.

EA represents a variety of sounds, one of them is long A, as in break, steak, and great. The EA pattern for long A is found in the middle of the syllable.

The letters EI also represent the long A sound, as in vein, weigh, weight, and neighbor.

EY can also represent the sound of long A, as in prey and they. EY also represents long E.

The EI pattern is found in the middle of the syllable, and the EY pattern for long A is found at the end. If you have found this information helpful, or know someone who would, then you and/or they would probably benefit from reading The Phonics Guide. The following link will take you to Amazon where you can look inside the book, and/or order it.



You can read more about the background of The Phonics Guide here.

Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton was a literacy tutor for over 12 years. She wrote The Phonics Guide based on the types of questions her students were asking her. C. Paton is the Literacy Ideas Contributor on Squidoo, and she receives income for items purchased through links on this page.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

You can now look inside The Phonics Guide

The Phonics Guide is now live at Amazon and now you can look inside to see samples.

The Phonics Guide lists common letter patterns in the English language and tips on when and where they are used. The letter patterns are listed alphabetically.

You can take a look here; the link will take you to Amazon:



If you do take a look, I appreciate your feedback.

Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton has been a literacy tutor for adults for over 10 years. She was inspired to write this book based on the types of questions her students had asked. She is the Literacy Ideas Contributor on Squidoo and she receives income for items purchased through links on this page.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Phonics Tip - When does X sound like G?

The letter G represents two main sounds. G represents its' soft sound in the word gym. G represents its' hard sound in the word gate.

The letter X actually represents the hard sound of G in the word luxury - pronounced lug-zhu-ree.

The letter X represents four more sounds. It represents the sounds of CKS, K, Z, and it says its' name.

To find this information in The Phonics Guide, you would look up the Chapter Xx. You will find a variety of helpful information for all the letters of the alphabet.

The Phonics Guide is ready for purchase at Amazon.



Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton is a freelance artist, who use to be a literacy tutor for adults. Paton is the author of The Phonics Guide. She is the Literacy Ideas Contributor on Squidoo, and she receives income for items that are purchased through links on this page.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Phonics Guide is now ready for purchase

Hi all. I've got the finishing edits done on The Phonics Guide. It is now ready for order at CreateSpace.com. You can see The Phonics Guide here.

It is also ready now at Amazon:



If you order a copy, I appreciate any feedback that you may have.

The original title that I had come up with was the Phonetic Alphabet Book, fyi.

You can read more information about The Phonics Guide here. Blessings.

Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton is the Literacy Ideas Contributor on Squidoo, and she receives income for items that are purchased through links on this page.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I have been updating The Phonics Guide

I received my proof of The Phonics Guide in the mail and have been reviewing and updating it. I made some statements clearer, and have also added more images to help with the understanding of more letter patterns.

I have some other people also reviewing the book to see if there is anything I might have missed.

Once that is complete, I'll make any additional updates, and get it ready for uploading.

I'll also update the image on the cover. I made the first one by painting in a picture with my mouse. I think painting an image by hand will turn out much better.

In the meantime, you can find some basic phonics rules and tips at Literacy and Phonetics.

Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton used to be a Literacy Tutor for adults. She has since become an artist, and has used her own drawings in illustrating The Phonics Guide. Paton receives income from items purchased through links on this page.