HFWs, Orthographically Mapped
A Visual and Linguistic Approach to Developing Phonemic and Orthographic Awareness: Building
Bigger Brain Word Banks!
Making sure children don't have any problems learning to read and spell!
One in four children in the UK leave primary school unable to read. Children need you! Train with us in 2024 and help make the UK neuro-inclusive. Learn to Build Bigger Word Banks! This includes sharing quick and easy methods to store the first 400 high-frequency words for instant recognition in reading and retrieval in writing. For this information to bond effectively, three 'parts' are needed, enabling words to become 'sight words'...
Developing orthographic knowledge, particularly in the context of high-frequency words, greatly benefits from a multisensory approach that involves seeing, hearing, and writing. By visually seeing the graphemes, children can identify and recognise the individual letters and letter combinations that make up words. Listening to the phonemes concurrently allows them to connect these visual symbols with the corresponding sounds. This auditory component reinforces their understanding of how letters and sounds correlate. Writing the words themselves further solidifies this knowledge, as the physical act of writing engages different areas of the brain, enhancing memory and retention. This method ensures a comprehensive learning experience, allowing children to effectively internalise the spelling and pronunciation of high-frequency words, thus laying a strong foundation for their reading and writing skills. The integration of these sensory inputs - visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic - is crucial for building robust orthographic knowledge, particularly in the early stages of literacy development.
The Speech Sound Monsters offer the missing link between speech and the written 'code'. Toddlers grasp the concept that the Speech Sound Monsters have their own sounds, and they can 'follow the monster sounds to say the word'. Even 'sight words' become easy for 2-year-olds to understand, a concept and skill that many school-aged children never master!