Maureen Pollard has developed the SoundCheck programs from evidence based research. SoundCheck offers a framework for explicit teaching to optimise children’s literacy learning. The books are easy to use with step-by-step instructions for each lesson. Lists of words are included for each of the 26 Units. SoundCheck is designed to let children experience success in meeting the challenges of spelling. Remember ‘the secret of success is success’.
Spelling and reading are complementary skills and need to be taught as such.
SoundCheck introduces a unique strategy by teaching children the skill of segmenting words; breaking words into sounds. A vital skill in spelling. Each of the 26 Units provides a sequence of letter choices for children to ensure they hear and identify each sound and letter. Vowels are gradually introduced and contrasted as they are the more difficult sounds in literacy learning. In addition SoundCheck has specific units on sh, ch, th, ck ending, ss, ll, zz, plus initial and final blends. Copymasters are provided Sassoon and Victorian Cursive fonts. Phonological activities for each Unit plus an assessment package for pre and post assessments ensure successful outcomes.
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Using the same strategy as above, SoundCheck 2 extends children’s knowledge of phonics by teaching ‘magic or bossy e’, digraphs – ar, or, ea, oa, ee, doubling consonants, identifying syllables in words with ‘tion’ and much more. Each Unit has a phonological activity to enhance learning.
SoundCheck 2 includes assessment tools so that pre and post assessment can be completed.
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SoundCheck is a big part of my Year 1 Literacy programme: It teaches as well as tests students. I particularly like the scaffolding it provides for those children who are still working on their letter-sound mapping.
Jocelyn Williams (Teacher Individual Differences)