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Questions relating to specific phonic concepts and SSP e.g. q, x & all?

all or al/l?
In SSP there are certain aspects that are 'tricky' or uncomfortable to apply to English. all is one concept that fits into this 'tricky' category.
c/al/l or c/all? Both are options, and there will be variation between SSP programs with this concept.
While c/all, f/all, t/all initially seems like an ideal way to proceed.
When students progress a little further in their learning they encounter words such as w/al/k, t/al/k and then a little later they encounter words such as al/so, al/w/ay/s etc .
Looking at literacy overtime and aiming to apply a system that will work not only in the initial years of learning but into subsequent years, PLD typically has opted with this contentious issue for al/l (below)... but either way will work.
In Structured Synthetic Phonics Time Savers resources, you will see a proposed colour coding and thereby the sounding-out strategy to apply. If you do not have this book, follow the link and select PREVIEW BOOK and view the proposed sounding process.

qu & x
As is explained in the online training, both x and q do not fit with SSP.
In SSP, a phoneme is represented by a letter, a digraph (e.g. sh, ea, au), trigraph (e.g. igh, tch) or quadgraph (e.g. ough, aught).
With x the letter is linked to two phonemes K + W.
With q the letter is linked to two phonemes K + S
While these concepts are the 'tricky' graphemes, in the Alphabet the Multi Sensory Way, flipbooks you will see the pronunciation of this tricky sound in the top right corner (below).

Updated on: 26/04/2023

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