The summary will also be included as an Appendix in the forthcoming AUSPELD Parent Guide to Learning Difficulties, which complements the current Practical Guide which is intended for teachers.
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Structured Synthetic Phonics ...
A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Learning to read is essentially learning a code. The letters we use are simply symbols or written code for the speech sounds of English. Learning about the relationship between the letters of the alphabet and the speech sounds they represent allows us to “crack the code” and learn to both read (decode) and spell (encode).
Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching children to read. It has been identified both here and overseas as the most successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. The 'synthetic' component reflects the practice of 'synthesising', or blending together. The ‘phonic’ part reflects the process of linking individual speech sounds (phonemes) to written symbols (graphemes). Essentially, when a child learns to read using Synthetic Phonics they learn to link letters to speech sounds and then blend these sounds together to read words. They also learn to separate (segment) words into their constituent sounds and link these sounds to letters in order to spell them.
The term 'Synthetic Phonics' began to be widely used after the publication of a study carried out in Clackmannanshire, in Scotland. Researchers from St Andrew's University found that one method of learning to read produced much better results than the other methods they looked at. This method was called Synthetic Phonics. This success has since been replicated in numerous studies world-wide
For variations of free Alphabetic Code Charts of a comprehensive range of spelling alternatives, see: