Why use a Sound Mat?
To become a skilled reader & speller, our brains must connect written letter symbols with speech sounds. Using a Sound-Spelling Mat supports learners to connect speech to print and make sense of the writing system of the English language by cracking the alphabetic code.
These Sound-Spelling Mats are intended to be used daily in an interactive, engaging way to support the teaching and learning of:
- NZ English speech sounds
- phonemic awareness
- alphabetic code knowledge for reading and spelling
They will be useful for Tier 1 classroom teaching, Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention, and when working with learners who have additional support needs, such as hearing impairment; speech, language and communication difficulties; and neurodiversity such as Dyslexia… using a Sound Mat will be useful for anyone who is learning to read and write!
I imagine they will be most powerful when they are accessible on student desks as they are engaging with writing tasks, and they are carefully taught how to use the Sound-Spelling Mat to find the spelling patterns of the words they want to write.
What do I get?
Each Sound-Spelling Mat shows:
- The 44 sounds of New Zealand English – vowels on one side, consonants on the flip side.
- The most common spelling patterns for each phoneme are listed underneath, shown in a high-frequency word. Spelling patterns are highlighted in red. Patterns are generally listed from most to least commonly used.
Size: A4 – 210 × 297 mm.
Material: Thick 350gsm card finished with a matt laminate coating for durability.