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Barbara’s Blog: The birth of the Sound Waves program

Barbara Murray - Monday, August 19, 2019

Around 1999, someone came to the school to talk to the staff about a phonemic approach to decoding (reading) and encoding (writing/spelling). None of us had heard the term, phonemic, but as the session unfolded a couple of my friends and I began to realise that I was basically teaching that way.  Read More

Teacher LOVES PDFs of Sound Stories

Wendy McWilliams - Monday, August 12, 2019

Teresa, a teacher at a Perth Primary School, recently ordered the boxed set of Sound Stories for her students. She was ecstatic to hear that PDFs for each of the 43 stories in the books will be available very soon to teachers who buy the complete set for use in the classroom.  Read More

Barbara's Blog: Along the way

Barbara Murray - Thursday, August 08, 2019

I taught quite a lot in lower primary classes, but once I moved into Years 4 to 7 I found children had no strategies for decoding when reading and encoding when writing (spelling). When I tried phonics with older students, they had no idea what I meant. I got the school spelling lists and rearranged them year level by year level according to sound. I grouped the words according to initial sounds for consonant sounds and mostly internal sounds for vowel sounds.   Read More

Question to Australian Universities

Barbara Murray - Friday, July 19, 2019

Response to an article by Rebecca Urban, National Education Respondent for The Australian after an interview with Dr Jennifer Buckingham, as published in The Weekend Australian, 13-14 July 2019, page 9.   Read More

Barbara's Blog: In the beginning...

Barbara Murray - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I wanted to be a primary school teacher for as long as I can remember. At family gatherings I was the one who organised all the kids into games. Consequently, at the end of high school, I accepted a government scholarship to train as a primary teacher for two years.  Read More