Pedagogy
Sound Waves is a systematic synthetic phonics and word study program proven to effectively teach spelling and reading skills.
Synthetic phonics

The Sound Waves synthetic phonics approach focuses on the process of synthesising (i.e. taking small parts and putting them together to form a whole). It uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. This approach focuses first on phonemes – the basic units of sound. It then explores the letters that represent these sounds and how they can be put together to form written words.

Getting Started
Word study
Word study

Successful spelling relies on understanding that words can be constructed from meaningful parts such as prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin roots. Sound Waves provides everything you need to explicitly teach students the meaning and spelling of these word parts, which allows them to read and spell complex words correctly.

Explicit teaching

Explicit teaching is a highly effective approach for introducing phoneme-grapheme relationships, spelling strategies and language concepts which is why it forms the basis of all Sound Waves lessons.

Explicit teaching
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Read Synthetic Phonics and Sound Waves for more research, longitudinal studies and reports about the effectiveness of synthetic phonics.

Watch the Sound Waves tutorial videos for more information on the Sound Waves program.