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.
Bellbrae Primary School, located in rural Victoria about 100 kilometres from Melbourne, knew something had to change.
Between 2008 and 2011, Bellbrae Yr 3 Spelling NAPLAN results were considerably below those in schools serving students from statistically similar backgrounds. The teaching staff of the school recognised these poor NAPLAN results meant one thing - they had to focus on spelling.
Group rotations are invaluable for keeping the whole class engaged. We asked Sound Waves teachers for some of their favourite ideas for group rotation activities and these were their suggestions.
West Beechboro Primary School in WA has been using the Sound Waves series for three years and the NAPLAN results for spelling and reading speak for themselves.
Every year, hundreds of children who have difficulty reading and spelling are referred to speech pathologists. Students are falling behind because they are being taught a traditional and difficult way to read and spell.