We know that orthographic mapping, the process of storing words in long-term memory happens best if words are driven into long term memory at first via the phonological route. Then what?

How do we make that happen for the tens of thousands of words out there, regular and irregular? By taking four steps:

  1. Define
  2. Inspect
  3. Group
  4. Practise

Lyn Stone and her staff at the Lifelong Literacy intervention practice have been compiling sets of subject-specific words and word families over the past decade.

We have released some of these in the form of low-cost kits, but are expanding this work into a collaborative project. We intend to provide an open-source repository of 4-Step Process resources to all participating individuals and schools.

If you are interested in participating, please read the following terms and conditions very carefully:

  • Participants must have done training in the 4-Step Process with Lyn Stone. This is an asynchronous online course. See button below for more details.
  • Participants must agree to submit at least five words not already on the list to gain access to the other resources.

More details:

  • Please note that this is a work in progress and that the official launch for this resource site will be early 2023.

Free 4-Step Process sheet downloads below:

Watch this space for free downloads and samples of some of the sheets we produce at Lifelong Literacy.

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