Sound Stories FAQ

Q. Each Sound Stories book has many different stories. Do I read a whole book in one sitting?

A. No, you and your child will learn more if you read one story at a time, following the suggestions under the heading Getting the Most out of the Stories on pages 5 and 6.

Q. Can we read the same Sound Stories story over and over?

A. That would be excellent if that’s what your child wants to do. By repeated reading and identifying the focus sound for each story, this learning will become imbedded in your child’s long term memory.

Q. I don’t know anything about phonics. Will I be able to use the Sound Stories books?

A. Absolutely. You don’t have to know anything about Phonics. Just follow the instructions under the heading Getting the Most out of the Stories on pages 5 and 6.

Q. What if I can’t work out the sounds at the beginning of words?

A. Find the title of the story you are reading on page 6. All the words beginning with the focus sound are listed with the letter for the focus sound in bold for each story. Your child may surprise you with his or her ability to identify the sounds.

Q. How important is a phonemic approach combined with synthetic phonics for my child?

A. Latest research shows that the use of these tools to teach students to read and write, often achieves a high success rate in students’ competency with literacy as they progress through their school years. The Australian Curriculum urges schools to use a phonetic approach with synthetic phonics right through primary school and into high school. They are skills that are very useful for everybody at any age.

Q. Is a phonemic approach suitable for children with disabilities or with English as a second language?

A. Teachers working with students with disabilities or English as a second language report very favourable results using Sound Waves products that incorporate a phonemic approach and synthetic phonics.