Blog/News on Sound Stories by Barbara Murray

Synthetic Phonics with Phonemic Awareness Explained

Barbara Murray - Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Synthetic Phonics with Phonemic Awareness Explained - in the context of a complete Literacy Program

Synthetic phonics is based on well-developed phonemic awareness of all 43 sounds we use in our spoken English. A working knowledge of phonemic awareness MUST be achieved before synthetic phonics can be successfully introduced.

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Answers on Latest Phonics and Teaching Debate

Barbara Murray - Monday, June 01, 2020

With all the current media debate casting doubt on the efficacy of teaching phonics, perhaps it’s worth reminding ourselves of the key points of the phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics that the Australian Curriculum urges schools to implement in the primary school classroom.  Read More

Year One Phonics Check

Barbara Murray - Saturday, March 21, 2020

Year One Phonics Check: Several states have expressed the intention to conduct a phonics check of Year 1 students in order to map student progress and to identify students in need of extra tuition.  Read More

Response to Katina Zammit's article on Phonics

Barbara Murray - Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Response to Whole language approach: Reading is more than sounding out words and decoding by Katina Zammit, Deputy Dean, School of Education, Western Sydney University, as published in The Conversation on 12 November 2019  Read More

Response to phonics article in The Conversation

Barbara Murray - Monday, November 18, 2019

Response to Pamela Snow and Tanya Serry’s article Why every child needs explicit phonics instruction to learn to read in The Conversation on 12 November 2019.  Read More

Barbara’s Blog: Books printed but more hard work and challenges ahead

Barbara Murray - Friday, November 08, 2019

It was a great feeling to finally have the 1000 copies of each of the four books in hand, a process that took a further 18 months. In the meantime, I researched companies to get the boxes made that hold the four books.  Read More

Phonemic awareness endorsement from Grover Hill, Ohio

Barbara Murray - Friday, October 25, 2019

Isn’t it interesting where you read about phonemic awareness? It’s not just the Australian curriculum that is a supporter of this approach to help young learners speak, read and spell.  Read More

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan advocates for phonics

Barbara Murray - Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan in talking about NAPLAN has stated that there should be a stronger focus on phonics, a method that involves teaching kids the sounds made by individual letters or groups of letters.  Read More

Barbara’s Blog: The Sound Stories journey takes shape

Barbara Murray - Monday, September 30, 2019

After the disappointment with the first illustrator [read earlier blog here], a couple of months went by before the urge to publish the Sound Stories picture books starting niggling at me again. Barbara's blog continues ...  Read More

Sound Stories advertisement says it all!

Wendy McWilliams - Thursday, September 12, 2019

If you'd like a snapshot of what Barbara Murray's Sound Stories has to offer, just check out this advertisement. It only takes a few seconds to read. Barbara Murray is well known for the Sound Waves program that she co-authored.  Read More