Accuracy, Speed and Automation
When you have learn all 26 of the consonant flash cards and all 22 of the vowel flashcards from watching the training video, then you would have “mapped the speech sound grid” which is essential before be able to develop skills for reading and spelling. Mapping the grid correctly is essential as some children with speech sound disorders (phonological disorders) do not know how to form the speech sounds correctly using their articulators (tongue-teeth-jaw-lips-voice-breath-soft palate) and they also may substitute speech sounds with each other (eg. think they are saying “k” when they actually say “t”).
The speech pathologist is essential at this point as they are necessary to assess and determine which sounds are in error and to correct these sounds in speech therapy.
Your child will also then know all the speech sounds and what they are so that they have a better understanding of their own speech and how our speech is made up of 46 different speech sounds that form our words we say. If you have reached this point when they can:
- recognise the speech sound (using the Phonic All Star consonant & vowel discrimination cards) when you say it
- retrieve the speech sound that goes with the letter and Phonic All Star character
then you are ready to progress to the next step where we start to race our speech sound retrieval speed against our own time. This is where it gets fun as kids try to get their 26 consonant card deck and 22 vowel card deck under 30 seconds! If you are not sure which cards to divide into each deck, check out the Phonic All Star speech sound folder guide and this will show you clearly.
Watch this video to see how you practice your cards to get fast and automatic…it’s easy. Don’t forget to be accurate though!
Now that you have learned the consonants, watch this video to see the Phonic All Star Vowels. Fill in your record sheet which came with your Level 1 PAS flashcards by writing in the date and how long you took (eg. 52 sec).