Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member to access your program?

Yes, you are required to have an active membership to access the Wonder Words program. We do offer a free trial, enabling you to experience all the inclusions in the Wonder Words program.

Do you offer a free trial?

Try us for free for 7 days! If you enjoy Wonder Words and what it has to offer, you don’t have to do anything and your membership will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member.

If you cancel before your trial has finished, you will not be charged anything.

Wonder Words membership is a year-to-year subscription that begins after your trial ends.

What memberships do you offer?

Our Memberships are broken down into 3 different options, which are listed below:

Parent
Teacher
School – Allows multiple user access and additional content that every teacher and school needs.

Every membership is based on a 12-month term, and will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member.

Do I need to renew?

No, there is no need to renew. Your membership will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member. There are no lock-in contracts, enabling you to cancel at anytime.

How do I cancel my membership?

You can cancel your Wonder Words membership at any time. Your membership will remain active until the end of your subscription.

To cancel your membership, log in to your account and navigate to the ‘My Account’ page. Once here, click ‘My Subscription’ in the left menu and then click on the ‘Cancel’ button.

I am a member, but I cannot access anything.

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What font do you use within Wonder Words?

The font used in Wonder Words is Sassoon Font, as research has shown that this is the easiest font for children to read. For this reason, Sassoon Font is used in the many published readers. We will not be building out each of the 1000+ resources in fonts specific to each of the Australian states, which would drive the price up significantly. Our focus at Wonder Words is building successful and excited independent readers, rather than using various designated handwriting fonts for the Wonder Words reading program. For this reason, we’ve chosen the font created specifically to ensure reading success.

We already have programs in our school for spelling, reading and writing. Why should we use Wonder Words?

Wonder Words combines reading, writing and spelling in the one program. Wonder Words contains resources that support student learning in all of these areas. Everything that you need is in the one place. Our resources are in Sassoon Font, so they are user-friendly for all Australian States.

My child’s school uses a different program. What would be the benefits of doing Wonder Words at home? Will it confuse them?

Wonder Words will assist your child to learn to understand how to break words into sounds and to understand the spelling choices for these sounds. If your child is using a different program at school, Wonder Words will not confuse them, but will support their learning. Often students are required to rote learn lists of words. Wonder Words will help them understand how the words within these lists are broken into sounds and spelling choices. Have you ever had difficulty explaining why ‘said’ is not spelled ‘sed’? Wonder Words demonstrates that there can be different spelling choices for the same sound.

I have students on different sets. Can they access different resources?

Yes. You can access different sets based on the needs of individual students.

Can I rearrange the sets of words?

No, as we have carefully aligned all the resources. For example, the flip books in set A1 only contain sight words to which students have been previously introduced. Any unfamiliar words are simple to read using reading strategies, such as initial sounds and looking at the supporting illustrations.

When you segment your words, why don’t you use split digraphs?

We have created Wonder Words based on years of experience working with early years students. We found that omitting split digraphs reduces confusion, and it increases ease and understanding when learning to read and spell.

I have been using a different spelling phonics program, and some of the ways you segment words is different. Why is that?

At Wonder Words, we have chosen to refer to words only as they sound in isolation, that is, not the sound the word makes mid-sentence. Based on our experience, it can be confusing for young students to have to pronounce a word as it is said in a sentence and then spell it in isolation. This is not to say that other spelling programs are incorrect. We believe, however, that our approach at Wonder Words reduces confusion. For example, with the typical Australian accent, the word ‘collar’, in isolation, is pronounced collʌ. However, if you listen carefully when said mid-sentence, it is pronounced collə. At Wonder Words, we believe that a child will isolate the word when sounding out in both reading and spelling and therefore, we refer to the phoneme as collʌ to reduce confusion. If you would like more information, refer to the International Phonetic Alphabet.

I like the way that the spelling program we currently use at school segments words, but I also like your resources. Can I use both?

Yes, you can use all of our resources. We would suggest omitting the segmenting flash cards if you wish to segment words based on a different phonetic tool/ program.

I’ve already started using a different program. Can I switch to yours, or will that be confusing for the students?

Wonder Words will enhance any current program. You can make the switch easily. The combination of resources including videos, printable and online resources makes the transition simple. You also have the option of using any combination of resources you deem appropriate, so you can mix and match to work alongside your current program or make a complete switch.

Wonder Words uses literacy-specific vocabulary. Should I be using these words with my students/child, or should I use basic terms for ease of understanding? I am worried they won’t know what I am talking about.

Use the literacy-specific vocabulary. You will be surprised by how quickly they pick it up and how it makes sense to them. We try not to use fabricated stories and rules for spelling. We like to keep it clear and explicit.

How do I keep track of student achievement?

Tracking student achievement is simple with our easy-to-use assessment checklists and assessment tools. We’ve included everything you need as part of the Wonder Words program.

How do I keep students motivated?

There are certificates available on completion of each set to reward students. Students love to colour the printable levelled mini book readers. Using a combination of games, animations, worksheets and activities, you’ll find children remain motivated and engaged throughout the Wonder Words program.

With each of these tools, you can help foster a love of reading by celebrating their success.