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?
By Tom Mylne, PhD (Linguistics), GradDipEd.
The purpose of this article is to discuss the pronunciation of “o before l”, as in old, doll, dole, bowl, and many other words. But first, a few words about the theoretical framework.
Tips for teaching segmenting
How many sounds are in the word …?
Segmenting words by counting the number of sounds (phonemes) in a word is an essential skill for developing competency in spelling.
Good spellers naturally segment unfamiliar words into sounds in order to spell them. With Sound Waves we teach students to spell unfamiliar words by asking them to segment words into sounds and then assign a sensible letter or letter combination (grapheme) to each sound.