Synthetic Phonics is a system of learning to read and write in which sounds and their corresponding letters (graphemes or sound codes) are learned in a particular order that allows them to be easily put together. This enables students to begin building words quickly and effectively. More about Synthetic Phonics:
Elephants Never Forget
Our ‘Elephant Series’ of materials introduces 44 basic sound codes supported in stories and songs which promote words that children can learn to read, write and understand in context. Our ‘Pre-Phonics’ cards introduce this set of words prior to studying phonics… More about Pre-Phonics cards
Unique Sound Bubbles usher learners to quickly understand and identify each of the 44 basic sound codes, and help them to visualise how sounds make up the words we say and read. We introduce each new sound in a colour coded bubble and display formerly taught sounds in clear bubbles. This allows students, teachers and parents to consistently be in touch with what has been learned and, therefore, which sounds can be blended into words.
Without ‘blending’ sounds into words; students would be learning a meaningless code. The systematic nature of phonics can make its teaching and learning rigid and stifling (especially in ESL settings). Sven – our viking – along with colourful stories, characters and activities- is here to help make the process jolly and highly effective! More about Sven
Steps to Reading
Students learn sounds ‘explicitly’ meaning that they build their awareness from simple to difficult sounds. The ‘Elephant Series’ focuses on a single spelling code* i.e. one bubble represents one sound and one spelling.
Learners become fluent at reading groups of words in our story texts, and can recognise the spoken words in our songs.
As more sounds are learned, students start to blend known sounds. Visually; sound bubbles are brought together and overlapped to guide the blending process.
Learners are encouraged to recognise sounds within words and begin to blend regular text without bubbles.
Learners are confident to review whole words and are efficient at sounding through them to begin fluently reading them.