When learning a new list students should always open up My Play Words:
- Read and listen to the words and look at any photos accompanying the words to help give context
- Study the list very carefully to focus on what the list is about (the learning intention):
Fundamentally important - be the detective and see why the words have been put together in one list. Unless it is a revision list or practice list, it will have some binding feature: a letter pattern, an auditory pattern that you can hear, a spelling rule, a set of prefixes, a set of suffixes, a grammatical connection, a vocabulary connection etc
Use the sliders at the bottom.
Use the PHONICS slider if available to see and hear phonics splits. It will show you which letters work together to give a sound; dot for a single letter representing a sound and a dash for two or more letters.
Use the SPLIT WORDS slider to show any syllable splits. Syllable splits will largely be governed by open syllables with long vowels and closed syllables with short vowels.
Turning on VOWELS might be especially useful in long words as well as short.