Welcome to the Real Spelling Toolbox!

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The Tool Kit Overview shows the subject matter of the Tool Kits and their Themes. Each one of the Themes is a tool for understanding an aspect or component of the English spelling system. 

Themes are arranged from left to right according to range and intensity.


Get to know the Overview by regularly revisiting it.

Guide to the Contents of the Toolkits.

Click any box to go to that Theme. Kits shaded yellow have been converted to online format.
Note: Links to unconverted Themes will only work for Lifetime subscribers.



Kit 1

Kit 2

Kit 3

Kit 4


Kit 5

Kit 6


The < i > / < > relationship (part 1)

The trigraph <igh> 2: vowel + <igh> Revisiting basic suffixing patterns Consonant letter doubling with polysyllables   The digraph <ui>
possible candidate for simplified spelling?
The variable suffix
<-able> / <-ible>


The plural suffix < es > Grapheme alternatives:
<k> / <ck>?
<ch> / <tch>?
Signs of words from Greek
Being more precise; 'free' and 'bound' base elements   Words which have an unexpected <h> Prefixes that have variable forms


When suffixes force doubling (part 1) The letter /n/ and the graphemes that contain it Constructing plurals: when the base or stem changes Letters <o> and <u>: conventions that concern them   Fine tuning of the suffixing conventions Eponyms


Final, single, non-syllabic < e >

Homophones 2: single element homophone pairs Several facets of the digraph <ea> Constructing the plurals of words with final <o>   When to use the suffix
<-or> instead of <-er>
Heteronyms and homographs


The trigraph < igh >
The trigraph <ugh> and other graphemes for the phoneme /f/ The base elements <sci> and <sign> Using the apostrophe 2: showing possession   Plurals -4-
the finishing touches
An etymological project: the names of fabrics


The orthographic phonology of the graphemes < > < > and < ck > Two important families: the ‘wh- words’,
The <i / y> relationship -2- The suffixes <-ion>
<-ian> <-ity>
  The suffixes <-ery>
<-ary> <-ory>
Differences between American and British spelling


The orthographic phonology of 'long A' Graphemes for ‘long’ <u> Graphemes for /dζ, the suffix <-age>, final <dge> or <ge> When to use the suffix <-t> instead of <-ed>   Compounds -2- fossils, misbehavers, and chains IPA: International Phonetic Association symbol system


Compounds and their components Letters <w> and <x> and their place in English Orthography The Orthographic phonology of / f / Signs of words from Greek: -2-   Twin base elements Connecting vowel letters


The orthographic phonology of 'long E' Free base elements with final <f> <l> <s> or <z> Learning from the spellings <dissect> <disease> <disaster> Double <c> is rare in English spelling
  Portmanteau words (blends) The grapheme <ugh>
the full story


Learning from the suffix < ed > The suffixes <-er>
<-est> <-ist>
The spelling of numbers Choosing between final syllabic <le> and <-al>   The twin bases
<cede> / <cess>
<sede> / <sess>
A project with the word


Learning from the spelling of < love > Learning from the spelling of <was> Homophones 3: Homophones that may be complex Graphemes for the
phoneme / ʃ /
  Homophones -4-
and holorimes
Words from Arabic


The orthographic phonology of 'long I' ‘long O Naming the days of the week Using the apostrophe 1: Showing omission The suffixes
<-y> <-ie> <-ee>
  An etymological project: words to do with stars Basic phonetics: voiced consonants; the shewa

Kit 1

This kit from Tool Box 2 is currently available in multimedia interactive format with either a yearly or lifetime subscription.

Kits 2, 3, 4

Currently, Kits 2 (except for those shaded yellow), 3, and 4 from Tool Box 2 are not converted, but each Kit will become available to both Annual and Lifetime subscribers as soon as it has been transformed into the online multimedia format. The Lifetime subscription includes the original pdf files of these three kits, in which the interactive features may, but probaby won't, work on your system.


Kits 5 & 6

These two Kits were never converted to the Tool Box 2 interactive format, but each Kit will become available to both Annual and Lifetime subscribers as soon as it has been transformed into the online format. The lifetime subscription includes the original pdf files of these two kits.