18 January 2012 by Christine Siddle - 1173 comments
THRASS (Teaching Handwriting Reading And Spelling Skills) is a phonics teaching tool that is now being used at our centre, after Christine Siddle became accredited in the teaching of it in 2011. This approach focuses on the 44 most common sounds (Oxford Dictionary) and the 120 most common spelling choices for those sounds. We have combined this approach as part of our handwriting programs to provide that important link between hearing,seeing, saying and writing letters in order to work on reading, writing and spelling skills. For example, the letters ‘ch’ can actually make 3 different sounds as you hear in the words ‘chef, chair, school’; not just one sound. It is also a good visual based strategy as it uses 2 different charts: one with pictures, and one with just the spelling choices. We also use a phonics handbook to record spelling patterns and to identify common errors. There is also quite strong evidence to support use of such an approach to improve a students reading and spelling skills. If you would like further information about this approach go to www.thrass.com.au.