Synthetic Phonics & Spelling

The beauty of Synthetic Phonics is; as it teaches reading it also teaches spelling! Reading involves breaking words into separate sounds and blending them together to read the word. Whereas spelling involves listening for the sounds in the word and representing them with a letter. In Phonics Hero you child learns to read a bank of words, and then learns to spell these words.

The spelling code:

Spelling difficulties are rife in the English speaking word. However, when a child is taught the logic of spelling and explicitly taught the code, it gives them a solid foundation of rules from which to spell from. The code will teach your child:

  • That spoken words are composed of sounds and letters represent these sounds
  • That spelling involves listening for the sounds in words and representing it with a letter or letters
  • That there are different ways each sounds can be represented. For example, the sound /ay/ as in ‘apron’ can be spelled: ‘ay’ like in ‘pay’, ‘ai’ like in ‘paid’, ‘a’ like in ‘apron’, ‘eigh’ like in ‘eight’ and so on…
  • To try the spelling choices for a word and decide which one looks right