Johnny Can Spell is an instructional approach that integrates phonemic awareness, phonics, penmanship, spelling, vocabulary. Through direct, systematic, explicit instruction, it supports knowledge acquisition and skill development that is foundational to successful reading and writing.  Read more at N.I.N.E. Enterprises

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TouchPoints for JCSpell
  • Johnny Can Spell Start Up Blended Training is available to a school or district by contract, or by individual teacher enrollment in a hotel workshop. It is combined with a one-day onsite workshop.

  • This course is available for on-line purchase. 
    To purchase you must create your membership account on Alice Nine Professional Development Center and be logged in. Then scroll to the bottom of this page and follow directions to purchase with PayPal or with Purchase Order. Contact us if using a district/school purchase order; email: pd@nine-enterprises .

    Course Summary
    Johnny Can Spell Start-Up Training 
    presents important background and alignment information to help you establish its place in literacy instruction in your classroom.

    Topics include

    • An instructional framework for literacy
    • Aligning instruction reading research and brain research
    • How to sound out words
    • English phonemes
    • Handwriting tools, habits, helps
    • Letter formation
    • The cursive connection

    In addition, you will experience hands-on instruction through models via picture-in-a-picture videos, simulate student work, examine step-by-step how-to instructions, and review important teaching points.

    You will 

    • Understand which components of literacy instruction are addressed in JCS
    • Understand how JCS aligns with reading research and brain research
    • Examine tips and tools for handwriting instruction
    • Learn how to effectively teach handwriting--manuscript and cursive
    • Learn the 70 common phonograms
    • Analyze words by applying phonics and spelling rules
    • Experience the JCS learning routines
    • Understand how to plan a lesson
    • Examine instructional timelines and schedules -- for a year, a week, a day
    • Review vertical alignment of instruction
    • Review how to assess student learning and support progress

    In this training, you are equipped to teach the foundation knowledge and skills that support fluent reading and writing, learning how to do so without workbooks--with just paper and pencil.

    Course Outline
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       Print-- Course Outline for Johnny Can Spell Start-Up.
       Watch-- Practicing the Phonograms   

    Course Materials
    Printable files are included, linked within the Sessions. It is the participant's responsibility to print or download these files.

    Johnny Can Spell instructional materials although a must for implementation, are not needed to take the training. NINE Enterprises, Inc. is sole source of these materials; they can be purchased at Alice Nine's Online Store.   View / print a listing of our Instructional Materials  by grade level. Order Form.

    Course Availability
    Upon purchase, the course is accessible for twenty (20) consecutive weeks. Participation is at your convenience, 24/7.  It includes a Syllabus, Preparations Section, 22 Work Sessions, and several resource Sections. 

    Each Work Session includes multiple videos with a total viewing time that ranges from 45 minutes to 90 minutes per Session. In addtion, there are hands-on activities as you simulate student work, take notes, and respond with reflective feedback via short essays and progress reports. Plan about 30 clock hours for course completion.

    Account Integrity:
    You have purchased enrollment for one individual, and it is understood that you will not share your access or training material with any other individual. Should it become evident in the course tracking system or course database that your account is being shared with another person, you will be notified and NINE Enterprises has the right to terminate your enrollment immediately without refund.

    Course Certificate:
    A Course Completion Certificate is available for 30 clock hours. A completion tracking feature and on-line activities that will be scored give the course an enhanced accountability.

    Enrollment & Cost

    Cost:  $145.00 per participant

    Enrollment / Payment may be made with PayPal

      • To enroll / purchase with PayPal
      1. Click the course title (Johnny Can Spell Start-Up Training) at the top of this page.
      2. Be prepared to login and follow directions to purchase.
      3. You don't have a membership account?  Click the course title and follow the directions to create one.

    Enrollment / Payment may be made with School Purchase Order

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  • Johnny Can Spell Start-Up - Campus PD  is available by contract for campus-wide professional development. Contact Alice Nine at for more information.

  • Johnny Can Spell - Review is available by contract to a school or district that has participated in Johnny Can Spell Start-Up Training.