About The Program

Grades Pre-K–1
By: Sheila Clark-Edmands

Sounds Sensible® is uniquely effective as phonological awareness and beginning phonics instruction for beginning or struggling readers:
  • Beginning readers – essential instruction that builds the foundational skills of reading to prevent reading failure before it starts
  • 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 understanding letter-sound relationships, as well as handwriting. Our unique 5-step lessons are structured and sequential for the mastery of 20 consonants and short a. Sounds Sensible can be completed in 6-8 months.

Lesson Steps 

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.

Step 5: Dictation
Develops students ability to connect a phoneme to its symbol in written form.

Kit provides all materials needed for implementation:
  • Teacher's Guide
  • Blackline Masters
  • Instructional Cards
  • Game mats, pieces, and cards*
*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. 

Price List

Sounds Sensible

Sample Lessons

Sample Lesson Teacher's Guide: Table of Contents

Research Papers

Research Paper

Additional Materials

Lesson Planner Scope & Sequence
State Standards