Sound Waves Spelling 17/2/15
Segmenting words by counting the number of phonemes (sounds) in a word is an essential skill for developing competency in spelling.
Good spellers naturally segment unfamiliar words into phonemes in order to spell them. With Sound Waves Spelling we teach students to spell unfamiliar words by asking them to segment words into phonemes and then assign a sensible grapheme (letter or letter combination) to each phoneme.
Firstly, make sure that students are familiar with all of the 43 phonemes of Australian English.
The best way to start doing this is to look at the Sound Waves Spelling Teaching Charts and Student Charts. Singing the Sound Waves Spelling Chants and Actions song also introduces students to all of the phonemes as they bop along to the beat.
If your students are new to the concept of segmenting words into phonemes you can help them by teaching them to follow these simple steps.
To segment a word into its phonemes:
Students may like to hold up a finger for each phoneme they hear when counting the number of phonemes in the word.
This helps students to reinforce the spelling of words as they consider the graphemes that represent each phoneme in the word.
To segment a word into its phonemes and graphemes:
When segmenting words into phonemes and graphemes you can either print out a segmenting template and have students write in the relevant boxes, or you can use the Segmenting Tool from Sound Waves Online.
Sound Waves Spelling
Blends, also known as consonant clusters, are sequences of two or three consonant sounds. The words snap, clip and split begin with blends. The words jump, desk and milk end in blends.