Toe By Toe Synthetic Phonics
What Are Toe By Toe Synthetic Phonics
Toe By Toe Synthetic Phonics? What on earth is that, you may well ask. Well, you'd be in good company! Why? Because although the creator of Toe By Toe Keda Cowling has used the synthetic phonics approach since the 1970s, amusingly, Keda had never heard of the term 'synthetic phonics' until a couple of years ago when all the current fanfare about 'synthetic phonics' started to appear in the media.
Let's first briefly and simply explain what are synthetic phonics. Synthetic phonics is actually a very simple idea with a fancy name. It means 'building words from individual sounds'. Here's an example, using the word 'plan'.
The first two letters of the word, 'p' + 'l' form the initial blend 'pl'.
This initial blend is then followed by the other two letters 'pl' + 'a' + 'n' = plan
To put it another way, synthetic phonics simply means teaching children the relationship between the SPELLING of a word, or individual letters and blends (how it is written) and the SOUND of the word or individual letter (how it is spoken). In technical jargon, this is known as the 'grapheme - phoneme relationship'. To recap:
PHONEME = INDIVIDUAL UNIT OF SOUND
GRAPHEME = THE WAY TO REPRESENT (i.e. SPELL) THOSE SOUNDS
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