The Sound City Reading program teaches students to read and spell phonetically. It is carefully structured so that students learn new material in a step by step manner. The materials are carefully sequenced so that students will experience success. The program has materials to teach students who have not yet learned the alphabet up through students who are ready to learn advanced phonics patterns.
You can see the five teaching levels on the chart on the right. Click on the chart to see an enlarged version.
How To Get Started
- Click on A SEQUENTIAL PHONICS PROGRAM on the menu and read the introductory information about this program.
- Click on OVERVIEW OF MATERIALS and see a bar graph and flow chart showing the different components of this program. Scroll down to see a description of each of the instructional books, including illustrations of sample pages. Grade levels are only suggestions. Students of all ages will benefit from any of the books that are at their learning level.
- Click on the AUDIO and VIDEO menu headings and listen to the sound story and sound charts. The recordings will help you pronounce the sounds for the letters and letter patterns correctly.
- Administer the baseline assessment to the student or students.
- Make alphabet and phonogram flashcards for the books you will be teaching. You can download and print PDF files for the flashcards from this website or you can write the letters and letter patterns on unlined index cards. Most of the flashcard files make four complete sets of flashcards. The files are printed on 8 1/2 by 11 inch card stock and cut into four sets. A heavy duty stack cutter will make cutting the sets apart much easier, if one is available.
- Click on PDF FILES to find the instructional books and materials you wish to use. Download the desired PDF files to your computer. The files are free to download, and they are copyrighted. You may print the materials at home or have them printed at a copy shop, to use with the students you teach.
- Download and print the PDF file for the book Sequence Charts And Lesson Plans. This will be a helpful guide as you work through the program.
- Many of the books have brief instructions and explanations on every page. Many of the books have a lesson plan outline and sequence chart at the end of the book. Some books have instructions for the teacher at the beginning of the book. For some books, you will need to download a separate PDF file for the teaching guide. In general, the instructions describe the teaching techniques you will use in each book. You will apply the same techniques each time you teach a new alphabet letter or a new phonics pattern. Once you have taught the first few lessons, you and the students will be familiar with what to do. Because the lesson structure for each type of skill stays the same throughout each level, both the students and teacher can proceed with confidence. If you have any questions about how to use the materials, you can contact me at email@example.com.
- If you are teaching at home, order a chalkboard that measures 2 feet by 3 feet, and an easel to mount it on. This will be used to teach students to write manuscript and cursive letters.
- Order small plastic letters from alphabetletter.com. For each student, order two sets of lower case alphabet letters, and two sets of lower case vowel letters. Place the letters for each student in a small box. The box should be big enough for the students to rummage through the letters and pick out the ones they need. Students will use these letters when they begin to spell short vowel words. After students begin to study the various phonics patterns, they can spell words with those patterns. For the youngest students who are learning the alphabet for the first time, buy one set of capital letters in addition to the letters listed above.
- Purchase lined handwriting paper to use during handwriting and spelling dictation exercises starting with the Exploring Sounds In Words book.
- Download the PDF files for any games that are recommended for the level you are teaching. The games will need to be printed, laminated if possible for longer wear, cut out, and assembled. They can be stored in manila envelops or clear plastic resealable bags. Some of the games will be glued into file folders.
- Children's picture books are integrated into the instruction at the Phonics Patterns level and the Advanced Phonics Patterns level. You will need to borrow these books from your local library or purchase them. While it is desirable to have students read as many of these books as possible, it is not essential that they read every book. A list of books used is included in the Sequence Charts And Lessons Plans book. The books needed are also listed on the sequence chart for each book.