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Learning from home: Sound Waves Years 1–6

Learning from home has become the new norm for students around the globe due to COVID-19. We understand that teachers, parents, guardians and children are doing their best to quickly adapt to this new way of schooling, and we’re here to help.

Learning From Home: Sound Waves Foundation

Learning from home has become the new norm for students around the globe due to COVID-19. We understand that teachers, parents, guardians and children are doing their best to quickly adapt to this new way of schooling, and we’re here to help.

While we recommend teachers continue to explicitly teach their Sound Waves lessons where possible (via recorded videos or live video conferencing), we know this may not always be an option. We also understand that Foundation students need extra support and parents may be able to assist. That’s why we’ve put together a simplified Sound Waves lesson approach with activities you can pass on to parents to help them support children learning at home.

How pronunciation influences segmenting

Some words have more than one widely accepted pronunciation in Standard Australian English. This won’t affect communication but may affect how your students segment words during spelling lessons.

For example, do you say often with /t/ or without? Your answer to that question will determine the number and type of graphemes you end up with when you segment the word.

Variation in pronunciation commonly occurs when either a consonant phoneme or a schwa is dropped from a word, resulting in different – but equally correct – segmented answers. Let’s look at some common examples of alternative pronunciations, how they affect segmenting and how to discuss this topic with your students.

Extension List Word activities for your spelling stars

Do you have students in your class who excel at spelling? You’ve no doubt discovered the Extension List Words available for every Sound Waves unit, but how many different ways do you use them? Here are a few ideas to help your top students take their spelling skills to the next level.