What is the Sound Reading System?
It is a carefully constructed advanced ‘synthetic phonic’ reading programme that teaches children how to read the complex English spelling code in simple, logical steps. The careful structure makes it both a reliable teaching tool and a tool with which to train teachers. The Sound Reading System is built round a comprehensive understanding of the entire English spelling code and could be usefully described as a ‘linguistic phonic’ programme.
It has broken down the code into a workable framework:-
- 26 alphabet letters
- 44 spoken sounds
- 176 basic spellings
What does this mean?
First, the available 26 letters of the alphabet have to represent the 44 sounds of speech (therefore combining letters to represent sounds that are not represented by an alphabet letter: eg the ‘sh’ in sh-i-p). Instead of having 44 neat spellings to represent the 44 sounds, there are 176 basic spellings.
The Whole Picture
44 sounds, 19 vowels and 25 consonants: 176 common spellings
How is this demonstrated?
This means that most of the sounds have more than one spelling.
This can be demonstrated by the sound /ee/ which has 9 spellings:-
m-e, t-r-ee, t-ea-m, f-u-nn-y, k-ey, ch-ie-f, r-e-c-ei-ve, e-v-e, m-a-ch-i-n-e