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Submitted by Deb (10-10-2012)
Hi, I have been in a school for 4 years and they have been implementing the THRASS phonics program. It stands for Teaching Handwriting Reading And Spelling Skills.
It basically teaches all of the different phonemes in the english language - as opposed to the 26 letter sounds of the alphabet. For example it will teach that the phoneme "ch" can be made from the digraph c.h. and from the trigraph t.c.h.. As well as that it removes the idea that 'ch' only makes the 'ch' as in chair sound because it also makes the sound 'ch' as in school and 'ch' as in chef.
It really opens up the students (and teachers!) minds.
This program also removes the need to teach spelling rules such as i before e... because as teachers we all know that all spelling rules have exceptions.
I have transferred to a new school and will be starting on wed 27th jan and I will be implementing this program with my new K/1/2 class.