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Let the games begin!

Inject some fun into your weekly spelling lessons with some of our favourite Sound Waves games. Whether used as a warm up or a fun way to wrap up the week, students will relish the chance to apply their spelling skills in an engaging and collaborative game.

As an added bonus, there’s minimal preparation required so you can dive right in. Ready, set, go!

Superchart your spelling lessons

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.

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Understanding phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and phonics

Updates to the Australian Curriculum are shining a spotlight on teaching phonological awareness (in particular, phonemic awareness) and phonics. So whether you’re a novice or have been teaching spelling and reading this way for many years, there’s never been a better time to brush up on the terminology and pick up some teaching tips for developing these skills in your classroom.

Learning is child’s play! Five fun phonics games no student can resist

Wind back the clock a few decades and you’d be lucky to find more than a handful of teachers using games as serious (and seriously fun!) teaching tools.

How times change! Like many Aussie teachers today, our Sound Waves authors believe there are countless benefits to be had from playing educational games. That’s why Sound Waves Online and the Sound Waves Teacher Books are brimming with fun phonics games to try.

Here are five great games that will grab your students’ attention and deepen their understanding of phonics.


Brainstorming is one of the most important activities in a Sound Waves week. It enables you and your students to have a creative dialogue about how words work and why graphemes do the things they do. 

The brainstorming process involves creating charts containing words and graphemes for the focus sound. These charts become a visual reference for students that will help them mentally categorise words and graphemes, and their relationships.

Ideally, brainstorming should take place at the start of every week, after students have been introduced to the focus sound.