The Sounds-Write Podcast is aimed at practitioners using phonics to teach children to read and write. The host hears from experts in the field of phonics in order to answer your questions. Sounds-Write is an expertly structured synthetic phonics programme based on the science of reading. For 20 years, we’ve been delivering a high-quality development programme which empowers education professionals to impart on children those most critical abilities for a happy, successful life and career: excellent reading and writing skills.
Episode 1: Decodable Readers with John Walker
In this very first episode of the Sounds-Write podcast, we hear John Walker answer questions about decodable readers. How should you begin using decodables? What are they for? How can you phase out the use of decodables? Hear answers to all this and more! Thank you for listening and see you next time.
Some links mentioned in this episode:
Our Initial Code free e-books
Our Extended Code free e-books
Our free courses for parents and carers
The Reading Ape's blog post 'The eyes have it'
More Sounds-Write links
We don’t know what we don’t know
We have just begun our SW journey- committing time and money to training ALL staff in this program. I am so grateful that FP and PM are not science based. In teaching practicums and I’m working at a classroom teacher and even a literacy intervention teacher, I was using PM and FP. I felt like a fool trying to guess MSV. So subjective and inconclusive. Also keen to comment that you don’t know what you don’t know. I was part of a team implementing sound waves across the NT back in 2012 and 2013. Then taking that to a new school in 2014 in Victoria. I thought it was good and it seemed effective. But now knowing better it’s time to move on. I’m sure this is a common narrative for teachers- we don’t know what we don’t know.