Brainstorming may seem like a simple activity, but it’s a powerful learning tool and an essential element of the Sound Waves program. Use brainstorming to instigate a creative dialogue about how words work and why graphemes do the things they do. Read on to find out how you can make the most of weekly brainstorming sessions to help your students develop their phonics skills.
Systematic synthetic phonics has been in the spotlight lately, with the trial of a Year 1 Phonics Check in South Australia and the New South Wales government allocating funding for decodable texts. So what exactly is systematic synthetic phonics? What evidence is there for its effectiveness? And how does Sound Waves fit into the picture?
The first year of school is a big deal for students, full of excitement, change and a new beast called written language. While we have a natural capacity to learn speech, we must be taught explicitly how to read and write. This makes the first year of school a big deal for teachers too, as it’s the opportunity to lay the best possible foundation for students’ reading and spelling success in the future.
Segmenting words into phonemes (sounds) and graphemes is an essential skill for spelling success. Some words are fairly straightforward to segment, such as shop (/sh/o/p/) or chain (/ch/ai/n/), but what about fox or argue?
One of the biggest testaments to the success of Sound Waves and its phonemic spelling approach is when a school continues to use the program and its resources for several years and consistently achieves above other schools in spelling.