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Why is spelling so confusing?

Spelling can be such a struggle for so many children when they are developing their literacy skills.

At the first stage of learning, they need to develop their phonological processing skills (speech sound processing) and their phonological awareness skills (speech sound awareness skills). The first is developed by the brain growing and engineering itself (eg. auditory memory, auditory discrimination, sound synthesis, the sound chain length, the sound processing speed, capacity to hold-store-retrieve and manipulate sound information), whilst the other is taught as skills (ie. rhyming, sound decoding, sound encoding, blending sounds, segmenting sounds in words, syllabification, sound identification manipulation). The Phonic All Star program assists to teach kids these skills in a fun and exciting way and you can order the basic starter pack to get you on the way to success. This assists kids to learn the first stage o acquiring their literacy skills for PREP and Grade 1 skills.

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Once these skills are achieved, then students then progress to understanding spelling rules which include skill development at the orthographic stage of literacy. This is a cool stage because in therapy, I can teach a spelling rule in 15 minutes and kids are then able to read 300 words straight after that. It is an enormous confidence booster for students that have struggled with reading for such a long time. They can’t believe how easy it is … and they then trust the process further and start to enjoy the next stages of therapy. This can also be for student that have been stuck with their reading level for many years. We have a cool job!

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Phonetics or Sight words…?

Phonetics or Sight words…?

When is phonetic the key to reading ? I have been told that it is most important to teach children to read by sight reading-whole word reading?

What should I do?

Katrine will provide information about this burning question that is asked by many parents in speech therapy soon. Keep posted. Read more