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Small Group Program Levels 3A, 3B & 3C



The small group programs are designed specifically for school use and aimed at students who are not performing at an optimum level in reading and/or spelling. The programs are phonic based, systematic, multisensory and incorporate key strategies from memory research. The programs are intended to be conducted in one hour sessions once a week. However, you could run 2 x 1 hour sessions a week, if you had the time, or alternatively split the one hour into two half hour time slots if that worked better. There is follow up homework, as this is an important part of retention for students who have literacy difficulties. However, the homework component is less intense than in the one-on-one programs and would be easily completed with the help of an Educational Assistant or parent volunteer for those children who didn’t have the necessary home support.  Some schools have also chosen to work with students every day.

The programs come on three CDs (Levels 1, 2A and 2B on one CD, Levels 3A, 3B and 3C on the second CD and Levels 4A and 4B on the third) in pdf format, licensed to the school.

Levels 3A, 3B, & 3C contain:

  • Student workbooks for each of the three levels
  • Two Oral Reading extension booklets
  • Teacher’s Manual
  • Phonic Posters
  • Phonic Cards
  • 300 High Frequency Words colour-coded spelling words

Purchasing schools are required to complete a compulsory three hour implementation workshop ($770).

Please contact Lillian directly to obtain sample material and to discuss your school’s needs.


  1. Carmel Ailey

    Cracking the ABC Code is a programme that I have used with 5 small groups of students with reading and spelling difficulties, some of whom have a diagnosis of dyslexia, for 3 terms. I have found it a worthwhile addition to the Learning Enhancement Programme at our school.

    Firstly, the training received was clear and sequential, and professional. Support is available as needed. The programme is designed for ease of use; simply print the BLM from the CDs and you are ready to start. It has ample flexibility of levels designed to meet the needs of students from Prep to Year 6, and could also be used with high-school students, in a tutoring situation.

    Cracking the ABC Code addresses spelling difficulties using phonics from a basic level up to complex phoneme- grapheme studies. It uses generalisations, with visuals to support retention. Kinaesthetic learners are also catered for, through the spelling practice.

    This programme also addresses reading difficulties, at a word level through phonics and segmentation. The syllabification process used in this programme has been simplified so that struggling readers can decode unfamiliar words. It is the first programme I have used that has adequately addressed this skill.

    Another area in which my students have improved is reading fluency. Many of the activities are timed, and students are encouraged to use a ‘personal best’ approach, so that competition is not an issue. As a bonus, my students enjoy the fast pace and the variety of activities offered in each session. I will continue to use this programme.

    Carmel Ailey
    Learning Enhancement Teacher
    Caboolture Montessori School, Queensland

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