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Spelling starts with sounds. Teaching tips, classroom ideas and all things phonics.

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Segmenting is a skill that is essential for students to develop competency in spelling, and like all skills – it needs to be learnt. Read our tips on how to turn your students into segmenting experts:

Sound Waves Article: Segmenting with confidence

Segmenting is a skill that is essential for students to develop competency in spelling, and like all skills – it needs to be learnt. Read our tips on how to turn your students into segmenting experts:

Australian English is made up of 43 phonemes (sounds) that make up our spoken language. Each phoneme can be represented by a number of different grapheme choices. While it may seem like the number of grapheme choices is overwhelming, studies indicate that the phoneme-grapheme relationships in the majority of English words are predictable when you take into consideration some key factors that influence spelling. Let’s look at four main factors that can influence grapheme choice in spelling:

Sound Waves Article: Helping students make the right grapheme choices

Australian English is made up of 43 phonemes (sounds) that make up our spoken language. Each phoneme can be represented by a number of different grapheme choices. While it may seem like the number of grapheme choices is overwhelming, studies indicate that the phoneme-grapheme relationships in the majority of English words are predictable when you take into consideration some key factors that influence spelling. Let’s look at four main factors that can influence grapheme choice in spelling:

Find out how to deal with trickier words, giving you and your students the confidence to segment any word that comes your way:

Sound Waves Article: Segmenting with confidence part 2

Find out how to deal with trickier words, giving you and your students the confidence to segment any word that comes your way:

Do you say family as famuhly or famlee? While both are correct, they need to be segmented differently. Read our article to understand how alternative pronunciations affect segmenting and how to discuss this topic with your students.

Sound Waves Article - How pronunciation influences segmenting

Do you say family as famuhly or famlee? While both are correct, they need to be segmented differently. Read our article to understand how alternative pronunciations affect segmenting and how to discuss this topic with your students.

Sound Waves Challenge ⠀ Which animal name has a u representing [web] but no q representing [kite]? 🤔

Sound Waves Challenge

Sound Waves Challenge ⠀ Which animal name has a u representing [web] but no q representing [kite]? 🤔

Teachers! If you’ve got students using Sound Waves Online at home, don’t forget about the Sound Info Kit in each Sound Unit! Practising the pronunciation of sounds is a great way for parents to get involved with their child's learning.

Sound Waves Tip

Teachers! If you’ve got students using Sound Waves Online at home, don’t forget about the Sound Info Kit in each Sound Unit! Practising the pronunciation of sounds is a great way for parents to get involved with their child's learning.

Sound Waves Recommended Stories is a list of books for young listeners and readers that prominently feature the focus sound of each Sound Waves Unit. This document can be found in the Preparation and Planning section of Sound Waves Online. Pass this list onto parents for home reading, or read one of these stories to your class during your remote learning lessons.

Sound Waves Tip

Sound Waves Recommended Stories is a list of books for young listeners and readers that prominently feature the focus sound of each Sound Waves Unit. This document can be found in the Preparation and Planning section of Sound Waves Online. Pass this list onto parents for home reading, or read one of these stories to your class during your remote learning lessons.

Understanding the schwa

What is a Schwa?
 Helping Students Read and Spell the Schwa Sound

Logic of English for Schools, Homeschool, Struggling Readers, and ELL

Calling Brisbane teachers – Edsco is hosting a Spelling Masterclass on 29 August! Find out how to unlock the mysteries of the phonemic approach. Hurry seats are limited! Book now so you don't miss out.

Sound Waves - Workshops

Calling Brisbane teachers – Edsco is hosting a Spelling Masterclass on 29 August! Find out how to unlock the mysteries of the phonemic approach. Hurry seats are limited! Book now so you don't miss out.

We are not hard-wired to read. It has taken thousands of years of practice to forge connections in our brains to help us do this.

Explainer: how the brain changes when we learn to read

We are not hard-wired to read. It has taken thousands of years of practice to forge connections in our brains to help us do this.

What's the difference? Understanding phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and phonics.

Sound Waves - What’s the difference?

What's the difference? Understanding phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and phonics.