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Sounds Sensible®

Grades Pre-K–1

By: Sheila Clark-Edmands

Sounds Sensible Kit
Sounds Sensible®
is uniquely effective as phonological awareness and beginning phonics instruction for beginning or struggling readers:

  • For beginning readers – essential instruction that builds the foundational skills of reading to prevent reading failure before it starts
  • For struggling readers – an Orton-Gillingham based reading intervention for any grade level that serves as Pre-Level 1 of the S.P.I.R.E.® program

Sounds Sensible®
provides hands-on instruction in the most reliable indicators of reading success: phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and an understanding of letter-sound relationships, as well as handwriting. Included are structured, sequential, 5-step (45-minute) lessons for the mastery of 20 consonants and a short a. Sounds Sensible can be completed in 6-8 months.

Sounds Sensible also serves as Pre-Level 1 of S.P.I.R.E.

Learn about S.P.I.R.E.Learn more about S.P.I.R.E.

Kit provides all materials needed for implementation:

  • Teacher's Guide
  • Blackline Masters*
  • Game mats, pieces, and cards*

Choking Hazard-Small parts.*Materials include optional elements more suitable for young learners.

Sounds Sensible Lesson Steps

Step Objective
1. Listening To focus student's attention on sounds in words and to develop: an abilility to listen, background knowledge and print concepts.
2. Rhyming To develop students' ability to identify and manipulate rhyme through activities such as rhyme identification, categorization, and matching.
3. Segmentation To develop awareness of the one-to-one correspondence between oral and written words. Segmentation and deletion activities progress from sentences down to phonemes.
4. Phoneme-Grapheme Relationships To learn a letter name, its sound, and correct form for printing.
5. Dictation To develop the ability to connect a phoneme to its symbol in written form.

Pricing for Sounds Sensible®

Item #
Grade Range
1–5 6+
3250-W1 Sounds Sensible Kit Ungraded 268.35
Total $0.00

Orton-Gillingham based instruction »

Orton-Gillingham This program incorporates the Orton-Gillingham approach. This instructional methodology is language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible. Learn more »