Blog/News

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

Education Matters Primary magazine, September 2019

Wendy McWilliams - Thursday, September 12, 2019

Great news! Barbara Murray, author of Sound Stories, is featured in the September issue of Education Matters Primary magazine. The topic is: "A phonemic approach is the key to learning to read and write". In the full page article, Barbara explains why teachers need to develop in their students an awareness of the 43 sounds (phonemes) used in Australian spoken English.   Read More

Sound Waves Foundation wins two prestigious awards

Barbara Murray - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia recognises the best of the best in educational resources with 2019 producing outstanding resources for student learning across the country. Twenty vital learning tools produced by local publishers and used in primary, secondary and tertiary classrooms were awarded.  Read More

Barbara's Blog: Sound Waves to Sound Stories

Barbara Murray - Friday, September 06, 2019

When writing the third edition of the Sound Waves Program in 2010 and expanding the Foundation section, it occurred to me that teachers needed stories to introduce each of the 43 sounds, the basis for the whole Sound Waves Program, to beginning readers and writers.  Read More

​Response to the article in Teacher Magazine titled: Using picture story books (PSBs) in the classroom

Barbara Murray - Monday, August 26, 2019

Melissa Wray’s research findings with regards to picture story books are totally in accordance with my experience in the classroom as explained below. She carried out a research project that informed her thesis, as part of her Master of Education studies with Deakin University, that investigated teachers’ use of PSBs from Foundation to Year 6.  Read More

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