Segmenting is a key component of teaching spelling and it’s a skill you work on with your students time and again. But have you ever practised segmenting with your colleagues?
Practising with other teachers ensures you’re all on the same page when it comes to segmenting (which is especially beneficial for any new staff members). It also allows you to share best practice and classroom experiences, such as how to answer curly questions that students ask during Sound Waves brainstorming sessions.
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.
A sound exploration session is the perfect way to tune students’ ears and eyes to recognise phonemes and focus on graphemes. Before you introduce the Sound of the Week, conduct a quick and easy whole-class activity that explores a variety of sounds. Use this time to revise past sounds, or introduce sounds that may not be explicitly taught until later in the year.
Here are some of our favourite activities for exploring sounds.
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.