By: Sheila Clark-Edmands
is uniquely effective as phonological awareness and beginning phonics instruction for beginning or struggling readers:
provides hands-on instruction in the most reliable indicators of reading success: phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and understanding letter-sound relationships, as well as handwriting. Our unique 5-step lessons are structured and sequential for the mastery of 20 conconants and short a. Sounds Sensible
can be completed in 6-8 months.
Step 1: Listening
Focuses students' attention on sounds in words, develops listening skills, builds background knowledge, expands oral vocabulary, and develops familiarity with print concepts.
Step 2: Rhyming
Develops students' ability to identify and manipulate rhyme through activities such as rhyme identification, categorization, providing, and matching.
Step 3: Segmentation
Builds awareness of the one-to-one correspondence between oral and written words. Segmentation and deletion activities progress from sentences, to compound words, to syllables, down to phonemes.
Step 4: Phoneme-Grapheme Relationships
Teaches letter name, its sound, and correct form for manuscript writing.
Kit provides all materials needed for implementation:
Step 5: Dictation
Develops students ability to connect a phoneme to its symbol in written form.
*Materials include optional elements more suitable for young learners.
Sounds Sensible also serves as Pre-Level 1 of S.P.I.R.E. Learn more about S.P.I.R.E.
Game mats, pieces, and cards*