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.
Immersing your students and staff in the Sound Waves phonemic approach will work wonders for your spelling results. So, if your school is using Sound Waves in multiple year levels, then boost your whole-school approach with these ideas.
Now that it’s Term 4 and you’re a seasoned Sound Waves user – why not give your lessons a little boost with something new? These fun ideas for using the Sound Waves charts will help your students explore the remaining sounds and graphemes, and consolidate those learned throughout the year.
When it comes to spelling, a large body of evidence identifies phonics as a vital component of instruction in the primary years. Most educators are aware of this consensus, but debate continues to linger regarding the effectiveness of two specific phonic approaches – systematic synthetic phonics and embedded phonics.