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The Toolbox Overview shows the subject matter of the Toolkits 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.


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Guide to the Contents of the Toolkits.

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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’,
them-they-their >
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

Kits 1 - 4

These kits from Tool Box 2 are currently available in multimedia interactive format with either an annual or lifetime subscription.


Kits 5 & 6

These two Kits were never converted to the multimedia interactive format, but each Kit has been converted to the online format