Science of Reading
- Letter teaching order?
This is a question I am asked a lot! There are 26 letters of the alphabet and they are used to represent speech sounds (phonemes) on paper. When used to represent speech sounds (pictures of speech sounds) they are called graphemes.
Using the Speech Sound Pics (SSP) Approach all but 2 words are easily Code Mapped ie the letters to the sounds. This makes so much sense to even very young children that we have 2 Parents and Learning Whisperer online support groups, so that YOU can send your child to school with great phonemic awareness and a solid foundation of phonic knowledge. They understand 'letter sounds' - and are either reading or well on their way. Importantly, you will know if they are at risk of difficulties eg dyslexic.
So what order do we teach the letters? The graphemes?