Katrine Elliott, Speech Pathologist has developed a handy reference tool for kids to use at home and at school to support them with their skills at learning the speech sounds and what graphemes or letter patterns that match to.
As this is part of the Phonic All Star program, it is the zany characters that help the children know the sounds and letters because the characters represent similarities or associations with the speech sounds.
The folder guide is equipped with the total 46 speech sounds in the Australian Phonetic Alphabet which is essential when learning to speak, listen, read, spell and write. There are 26 consonant phonemes and 22 vowel phonemes. If a student is taught literacy using only the 26 alphabet letters approach, they will miss vital ingredients in the recipe for success in learning to read and spell. It is like doing maths without learning 7, 13 and 18 and wondering why your maths just doesn’t add up.
It is loaded with useful features as there is also phonetic theory about the manner of how these sounds are made and the layout helps you to remember which sounds were voiceless and which were voiced. Join our Phonic All Star Club to get some tips on how to use the program to help your child the best way that you can.
The folder guide supports the Level 2 Phonic All Star flashcards because you will notice that each card has a small star on the back right hand side with a number between 1-46. These number correspond with the folder guide to assist students in easy reference when learning advanced spelling information about all the spelling variations or spelling choices that a sound has. (eg. Ursula Early Bird writes her speech sound in many ways… er: but also “ir” (bird), “ur” (turtle), “or” (word) and “ear” (heard)…not to mention “ure” (furniture)and “re” (centre).
The folder guide helps kids find their answers quickly and learn the codes of literacy so that they can even guess spelling by narrowing down the choices of the spelling.
Follow this further to see how we teach this to students using the level 2 Flashcards and why they have a triangle on the back of their cards whilst the level 1 Phonic All Star flash cards have a star instead.