Soundations is a phonemic approach to graphonic instruction that endeavours to meet the needs of teachers and parents in the areas of:
Soundations is essentially a word study program, that provides students with a framework of knowledge and skills which enables them to decode and encode words in written English.
The learning sequence and program organisation is based on phonemic elements (sound patterns) in words. This enables the subsequent association and application of the appropriate graphonic (written) pattern.
The initial focus is the aural or phonological understanding that words are made up of certain sounds. When these are identified, the corresponding letter patterns can be applied, to decode or encode words. These letter patterns are commonly referred to as the graphophonic element or simply as phonics.
This program has been arranged by:
Soundations is a sequential reading and spelling program based on sound patterns rather than visual patterns.
The organisation provides a reliable framework for successful negotiation of the complexities and irregularities encountered when learning to read and spell.
Explicit instruction and guided practice maximise student outcomes and foster long term understanding in a way not previously available.
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