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?
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.