These books teach the alphabet at the readiness level. Each letter is introduced from the sound story, following the sound story sequence. Students trace large and small patterns for each capital and lower case letter. They are not expected to write the letters independently. Pages for handwriting readiness activities, two-syllable oral blending, and rhyming are included with each new letter. On a letter discrimination page, students find and circle the new letter. A picture dictionary page is included for each letter, showing words that begin with the letter and matching pictures. At this level, it is not necessary for students to master the material when it is first introduced. Repeated exposure to the letters using the worksheets, alphabet chart, sound picture cards, alphabet cards, and related games, builds letter knowledge over a period of time.

January 2014 - Revised Books And Workbooks - All Levels

Sound City Reading

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I've revised many of the Sound City Reading materials in the past few years. The pages, pictures, stories, and word lists are essentially the same, but put together in a different sequence or combined in different ways. The goal has been to make teaching beginning reading as easy as possible for the teacher or parent and the student. Here is a summary of the changes. The links to view/download the materials are shown below each summary. Scroll down to see all the levels.

Sound Story - January 2014

Sound Story

Learning The Alphabet

Be sure to download this teacher's reference book. It has sequence charts for all the current books in this program. The charts show which skills are taught and in what order. There are also spelling dictation charts for some of the books. In addition, the sound charts at the beginning of the books are included.

Expanded Short Vowel Words
Learning The Alphabet - Workbook 2
s, j, o, c, d, a, v, g, p, k, y, qu, z

Short Vowels And Handwriting

There are four different versions shown below. All of the versions are appropriate for kindergarten or first grade students, or older students who need to study short vowel words. Each version teaches words that begin with continuous consonants first (for example f, m, s), and teaches words that begin with stopped consonants after that (for example c, b, t). Students learn a few sight words (a, I, as, has, is, his, was) and begin reading simple short vowel sentences.

The first two versions assume the students can already recognize and give the sounds for all the letters of the alphabet. They teach short a words first.

The last two versions teach the alphabet letters a few at a time while introducing new words that contain those letters. This is helpful because students study short vowel words in a way that coordinates with handwriting instruction. Students are not expected to write new words until receiving handwriting instruction for the letters that are needed. Because the letter a is one of the more difficult letters to write, these books teach short i, short u, and short o words before teaching short a words. There is a beginning version to use with the advanced learning the alphabet books and an expanded version to use at the first grade level.
Basic Short Vowel Words
Learning The Alphabet - Workbook 1
t, i, h, l, n, w, u, b, m, r, f, x, e
Short Vowel Words For First Grade
Beginning Short Vowel Words

Phonics Patterns And Stories: Books 1 - 8

I've divided these materials into eight separate books. Students study ten words for each new phonogram pattern. After studying several new patterns, students read a practice story containing words with those patterns. Vowel patterns are color-coded to remind students of the correct sound. I've changed the order in which the phonogram patterns are introduced so that they are taught in logical groupings. Vowel patterns with more than one sound are taught later since they are more challenging. Some of the stories are taught in a different order to reflect the changes in the phonogram sequence, and a few new stories are included to fill in as needed.

If you've tried the previous versions of these books, you will like these even better. These books are the backbone of the Sound City Reading Program. Students must learn many phonogram patterns in a short period of time so that they can begin reading regular children's books as soon as possible. This set of books provides the structure and support for students to learn one new letter pattern per day, successfully. By saying the sounds for the patterns daily from sound charts with pictures and sound cards without pictures, students are able to internalize the sounds and remember them when reading new words and stories. By playing the "robot game" daily, directly from the book, students develop the phonemic awareness to decode new words comfortably. If you are working with a basal reading program, teaching one supplementary lesson per day from these books will give your students a solid groundwork which will make the basal program much easier for them.
Book 2 - Long Vowel Patterns
Book 1 - Consonant Patterns And Basic Vowel Patterns
Book 3 - More Long Vowel Patterns
Book 4 - More Long Vowel Patterns
Book 5 - Bossy R Patterns, Soft C And G Sounds, Dotted A
Book 6 - Vowel Patterns With More Than One Sound
Book 7 - Advanced Bossy R Patterns
Book 8 - More Vowel Patterns, Silent Letters

Advanced Phonics Patterns

Advanced Phonics Patterns From Children's Books teaches the less common vowel and consonant patterns, along with ending syllable patterns, contractions, and prefix and suffix patterns. Students read words and sentences with each new pattern. The patterns are taught sequentially to prepare students to read a number of published childrens books, available from a book store or the library. Each book is carefully selected so that the text contains only those patterns that have been taught, including the newest patterns. I've added a few new patterns to this book and have included a number of new books on the reading list. Updated sound charts using pictures from the sound story are included.

Advanced Decoding Practice provides an overview of all of the patterns taught in the Sound City Reading program. Students read a short word list for each pattern. This book does not contain sentences. Patterns are arranged in logical groups. Updated sound charts use key words and pictures.
Advanced Phonics Patterns From Children's Books
Advanced Decoding Practice
These books are for students who are ready to recognize, give the sound, and write the letters of the alphabet. The letters are introduced using the sound story. Students trace and copy large and small letters during handwriting instruction, which is included in the books. They apply new handwriting skills by writing letters to show beginning and ending sounds for groups of pictures. These are the same pages found in the Beginning And Ending Sounds book. Students also do two-sound and three-sound oral blending exercises, build two-sound letter combinations with plastic letters, and pronounce two-sound letter combinations called "silly sounds." Working with two sounds is and important bridge between single letters and short vowel words. As soon as they are able, students build three-letter short vowel words with plastic letters. Although it is not necessary at this level, students who are ready may be introduced to short vowel words using the Beginning Short Vowel Words book.

Advanced Learning The Alphabet

Advanced Learning The Alphabet - Workbook 2
s, j, o, c, d, a, v, g, p, k, y, qu, z
Advanced Learning The Alphabet - Workbook 1
t, i, h, l, n, w, u, b, m, r, f, x, e
Book 8
Book 7
Book 6
Book 5
Book 4
Book 3
Book 2
Book 1

Decoding Practice: Books 1 - 8

These books teach the same skills in the same sequence found in Phonics Patterns For Beginning Readers. However, these books are not color-coded; they are printed in black and white. Instead of studying just ten new words for each new phonogram pattern, students study all of the common words with that pattern that are easy to illustrate. Instead of introducing new words with the robot game, students simply decode each new word, which is illustrated with a picture. Students read a few illustrated sentences after reading each set of words. Then they read the same stories that are found in Phonics Patterns For Beginning Readers. The text is slightly smaller in these books, but still large enough to be easy to read.

The sound charts use key words and pictures instead of pictures from the sound story. Otherwise, the charts are set up in the same way.

Use these books with students who have a good sense of phonemic awareness. They should be able to recognize phonetic patterns within words and be able to decode words comfortably.

IMPORTANT: If you want to use these files with students directly from the computer screen or from a projector attached to a computer, download the files to your computer first. Close this web site, then reopen the file you downloaded to your computer. Now you will be able to choose how you display the file. Click on View; click on Page Display; click on Two Page View. Once again, click on View; click on Page Display; this time click on Show Cover Page In Two Page View. This will assure that the correct pages face each other when working with the sound charts and picture/word pages. You can go from one page to the next by pressing the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard. You don't have to worry about this if you are just going to print the books.

Workbooks To Use With Phonics Patterns For Beginning Readers: Books 1 - 8 OR Decoding Practice 1 - 8

Workbook For Book 1
Words And Sentences
Workbook For Books 2 - 5
Workbook For Books 6 - 8

Sequence Charts And Sound Charts - Teacher 's Reference Book

Sequence Charts And Sound Charts Book
This is the same sound story, with updated charts. It contains sound pictures that represent the sounds in our language. These pictures are used at all levels to teach and review the sounds of letters and phonics patterns.

Expanded Short Vowel Workbook
Basic Manuscript Handwriting
Manuscript Handwriting Faster Introduction