Baby Jake's Birthday: Learn 9 Ways to Spell the Long a Sound

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Clever Speller Pty Limited, 2018 - Birthday parties - 38 pages
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Baby Jake's Birthday is a phonics picture book story showing 9 ways that the Long A sound can be spelled. The Long A sounds letters are printed in green, making it so easy to see how sounds in words are spelled in many ways. No more confusion when 'sounding out' words Includes 103 Long A spelling words plus spelling and theme activities, word family lists, tricky words, reading comprehension, grapheme chart and a coloring page.

In this story Jamie and Jane are in charge of the games at Baby Jake's first birthday party. Read about the fun they all have and learn to spell the Long A sound in words.

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Breathe life into spelling with Clever Speller, a unique story based approach that makes learning to spell easy and fun. Ten beautifully illustrated phonics picture books are full of words that highlight the many different ways a focus sound can be spelled, making the journey from hearing sounds in words, to knowing all the ways to spell them, clear and easy to understand.

Clever Speller is different. No other spelling resource features full length picture books with all the ways to spell a focus sound in the same story. Whole language and phonics work together, with the magic of technology, to present a perfect mix of old and new that will gain, and keep, student's attention.

For many students spelling is confusing and boring. Despite the best of intentions and concentrated efforts, too many students are at risk of becoming disengaged with spelling. Yes, English is a crazy language to learn to spell, but it's not rocket science and it doesn't have to be boring. There is a better way to learn to spell than with endless lists and dry, boring worksheets.

Clever Speller cleverly uses the rigor of phonics, in the context of whole language, to make sense of crazy English spelling and bring it to life. Traditional picture book style stories showing all the ways to spell a focus sound enable a seamless progression from phonemic awareness to phonics knowledge. Colourful characters and interesting adventures engage and enthrall students so that learning to spell, and read, is an enjoyable experience for all.


1: Hear sounds in words.

2: Learn all the ways to spell them and...

Be Spellbound


  • Develop phonemic awareness
  • Provide context for phonics to make sense
  • Provide rigor for whole language to be effective
  • Easily learn grapheme phoneme correspondence
  • Enhance retention and recall
  • Save time with planning
  • Cater for different learning styles
  • Differentiate for learning variability
  • Complement any spelling methodology
  • Bridge the gap between leveled readers and authentic texts
  • Engage students with connected and meaningful activities
  • Integrate reading and spelling lessons


  • 10 decodable sound phonics picture books
  • 1 book for each short and long vowel sound
  • 73 ways to spell 10 long and short vowel sounds
  • Over 1000 focus sound spelling words
  • Graphemes printed in different color for easy decoding
  • Grapheme charts and word family lists
  • Spelling and integrated cross curricular activities
  • Literal and inferential reading comprehension
  • Homophones, homonyms and homographs
  • High frequency/sight words grouped by focus sounds
  • iPad app and teaching videos
  • Printable activities and resources
  • Informative website

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About the author (2018)

A teacher for more than 20 years, Karen is dedicated to dreaming up new ways to make learning interesting and meaningful. She lives in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia surrounded by Aussie animals and scrub.

Lavinia has always had a passion for drawing and painting and bringing characters to life. She is enjoying using Clever Speller with her own children's education as they travel around Australia

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