Carol Hale

Easy Read English

Nashville, TN

Carol Hale has been creating curriculum for 25 years. For the past seven years, she has been a dyslexia therapist trained in the Orton Gillingham (structured literacy) original approach. Carol’s passion is making difficult concepts easy to understand, simple to use, and fun to learn. She has published many books and a new website that teaches reading skills through the Word of God:

Carol is the author of six books, more than a thousand articles, and mountains of Sunday School curriculum. Her newest curriculum teaches phonics in a unique and multi-sensory way. It has been a breakthrough for dyslexic and other struggling readers and spellers. The site will be available in January:

Her book series published through Creative Teaching Press, Phonics Without Worksheets, has been helpful to many teachers, including those with struggling students. Two of her books from Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado, have become some of their best-sellers.

Carol has tutored children in private, public, and home schools as well as after school programs, and many other venues. Her specialty is making hands-on learning enjoyable, memorable, and effective.

“I was so blessed to be able to teach my own boys at home in their early years,” Carol says. “We have nothing but fantastic memories and had excellent experiences.” Now her sons are a nurse and an engineer.

Combining her passion for sharing the Word of God and teaching techniques, Carol has created a free online course to teach people English skills through Bible stories. Go to To find full phonetic lessons based on the life of Christ, go to Syllable Stories/ Start Here/ Bible Stories. These lessons are available in print, video, and Power Points. Easy Read English lessons help people who already have some English skills to learn the logic of the language while reading stories about Jesus. The site was created for struggling readers, early readers, and English Language Learners. This is a tool for missionaries to reach out because SO many people want to learn English. Homeschoolers can use this as an evangelism tool to draw others to church or your other programs.

For five years, Carol created the education section for The Denver Post, reaching 275,000 people weekly. During that time, she created a local newspaper reaching public, private, and homeschooling students with international, national, and local news.

Her latest project is called Funny Phonograms. While homeschooling two dyslexic brothers, Carol discovered that the boys needed an additional step to learn their letter and phonogram sounds. She teamed up with two talented artists to create letters that look like the shape of the sound. For example, picture a baseball bat standing upright and a baseball next to it. We use that to illustrate the letter b. Carol, along with Lisa Parker, has created an amazingly fun and easy-to-use curriculum based on these “Laughing Letters” and “Funny Phonograms.” They will be available in January through Teachers Pay Teachers and through her new website: This can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or as a wonderful way to help out the curriculum you are already using when your child gets stuck.

For two decades, Carol has also taught children in many capacities through Sunday School, Children’s Church, VBS, and on the mission field abroad.

 Carol Hale

Workshops from Carol Hale ( may vary by event location )

Wonderful Ways to Learn Non-Phonetic and Sight Words

I had a brilliant 7th grade student whom I tutored spell “of” as “oave.” Another 50-year-old adult dyslexic learner was still spelling “said” as “sed.” Why are some of these words so hard? Sadly, many curricula are weak in separating these kinds of words, which must be taught differently than phonetic words. We’ll look at the Dolch and Fry high-frequency word lists. I will show exactly what a non-phonetic word is and how these are different from sight words. The participants will go home with a three-page list of these words I call Rule Breakers. I will show them strategies to read (and more importantly spell) these super high-frequency, non-phonetic words in general. We will have fun with hands-on ways to spell some of the specific words.