Thank you Nancy Kondrat!

CANDOCUBES for Synthetic Phonics STARTER SET includes:


  • 1 tray of Stage 2 Cubes
  • 1 tray of Stage 1 Cube
  • Handbook for Stage 1cando-1
  • Handbook for Stage 2
  • DVD (with interactive ‘sounding out’ of letter/sound correlations) by Debbie Hepplewhite
  • Phonics Chart
  • Word Chart
  • Online CANDO Templates/worksheets freely available to purchasers.
  • Follow: – Can Do’s News and  Users’ Views cando-2
  • Check with Deb Bible (USA), or Michael Hughes (UK) for pricing. See info below.

Recommended by Dyslexia Action (The Dyslexia Institute)

The 3 essential skills taught from week one:

  • Sounding out and blending (synthesizing) all-through-the-printed-word for reading to ‘hear’ the target word
  • Segmenting the sounds all-through-the-spoken-word for spelling, identifying the correct letters and letter combinations for the sounds and eventually being able to record these in writing (or typing)
  • Handwriting the 26 letter shapes of the alphabet, in their correct position on the line, if the child is physically able


Stage One: The Simple Alphabetic Code

The Student Tray for Stage One contains 27 hardwood, laser-engraved cubes showing one spelling each for the 44 different sounds of speech that make up the English language. In all, there are eight different cubes. The tray contains six of cube number 1 and three each of cubes numbers 2 to 8. The order in which these should be introduced is indicated on the individual cubes and explained in the accompanying books charts and DVD.

The DVD features Debbie Hepplewhite discussing the theory and teaching of Synthetic Phonics and ’sounding out’ (interactive) the 44 phonemes which make up the simple alphabetic code. Two ‘at-a-glance’ word charts list words that might be formed as the letters on the eight different cubes are taught.

Stage Two: The Complex Alphabetic Code

The cubes in the Student Tray for Stage Two show the spelling variations for the 44 sounds (the /ai/ cube, for example, features ai, ay, a, ey, eigh and ea). The tray also contains uniquely linked cubes for split vowel digraphs (a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e including the use of ‘i’ in words such as ‘making’). Cubes displaying capital letters, for shape/sound recognition and matching with lower case, double letters and basic punctuation are also included. All spelling variation cubes are arranged in the tray to show the one spelling learnt in Stage One.

A separate, Stage Two instruction book and Debbie’s ‘synthetic phonics overview chart’ complete the set.

Laurie Fyke’s  step-by-step guide  Teacher’s Guide and Template Book for Can Do Cubes is available with the purchase.


Add these amazing manipulatives to YOUR PHONICS PROGRAM!!!

Stage One and Stage Two Student trays (sets of three trays) are now available as support materials for any synthetic phonics program or to add to the starter set.

Check with Deb Bible (USA), or Michael Hughes (UK) for pricing. See info below.

Stage ONE Cubes x 3 trays



Stage TWO Cubes x 3 trays

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Three Stage Two student trays containing cubes which display the spelling variations for the 44 sounds that make up the English language, split vowel diagraph (a – e), capital letters, double letters and basic punctuation.

  • Recognized by the UK Government as complying fully with the principles of its phonics ‘ Letters and Sounds’ Program.
Can Do Cubes for English Grammar Basic Set

Check with Deb Bible (USA), or Michael Hughes (UK) for pricing. See info below.


This tactile resource offers the enjoyable exploration of English grammar structures, from simple subject/verb agreements to the formation and understanding of complex sentences, without the need to write. Creativity is stimulated, and variety of expression encouraged, by there being no record of failure. When the cubes are placed in grammatically correct constructions, their copying out by hand might be encouraged.A set of 150 hardwood cubes, each cube being laser engraved with grammatically related words: all pronouns or conjunctions or all forms of a particular verb, for example. All word classes are represented as are the most commonly used punctuation marks.

Recommended by Dyslexia Action (the Dyslexia Institute).

A range of small and large activity bags for use with both Can Do Cubes for English grammar and Can Do Cubes for synthetic phonics is available separately.

Check out additional sets (Math, Homophone, Science)

Check with Deb Bible (USA), or Michael Hughes (UK) for pricing. See info below.

For more information on CANDOCUBES contact:

Can Do Education Limited
3 Poplar Cottages
Littlewick Common
Surrey GU21 2JY
Fax: + 44 (0)1296 733858
Contact:  Michael Hughes

North America
Contact:  Deb Bible

Laurie Fyke is a logo_jollyphonicslargeCertified and cando-14Professional Trainer

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