This year our class is using the Sound Waves program for Spelling. This program allows us to learn and recognise the different sounds that letters make when reading out words. Last term, we began by discussing what phoneme’s and grapheme’s are.
the smallest unit of sound in a word. When we say or hear the sound it is a phoneme.
the letter or letter combination used to represent a phoneme in written form. When we write the sound it is called a grapheme.
None of us knew what these two words meant which was great because by learning about these words our brain grew with new knowledge that we can now use when trying to spell difficult words!
We each have a chart with all the consonant and vowel sounds. Each phoneme is represented by a ‘sound box’. The sound for the sound box is worked out by saying the icon name, then saying the sound represented by the first letter(s) in the box when we say the word. We also discovered that some graphemes have more than 1 sound. For example the grapheme ‘er’ in the word ladder is not the same sound as in the word her.
After discussing the different graphemes we practiced the sounds by playing many different games.
Each week we focus on a new sound using list words that all have the same phoneme. By learning the different sounds correctly this will help us spell more challenging words and to sound out words when reading.