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What is Souns?

Souns for Literacy

Della Palacios

on 29 January 2014

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“Although both reading and speech require some degree of mastery of language, reading requires, in addition, a mastery of the alphabetic principle. This entails an awareness of the internal phonological structure of the words of the language, an awareness that must be more explicit than is ever demanded in the ordinary course of listening and responding to speech. If this is so, it should follow that beginning learners with a weakness in phonological awareness would be at risk.” p. 2 The Alphabetic Principal and Learning to Read by: Liberman, Shankweiler, & Liberman,
“Phonemic awareness instruction helped all types of children improve their reading, including normally developing readers, children at risk for future reading problems, disabled readers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, 1st graders, children in 2nd through 6th grades (most of whom were disabled readers), children across various SES levels, and children learning to read in English as well as other languages.” p. 2-5
Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction
by: The National Reading Panel
“Knowing the rules of a given language for letter-sound or grapheme-phoneme correspondence is the essence of the alphabetic principle, and becoming expert in these connections changes the way the brain functions.The person who hasn’t learned these rules has a different brain by adulthood, a brain that is less precisely attuned to the sounds of his or her own language. p. 150 Proust and the Squid by Marianne Wolf
Hands-on, meaningful learning using Souns® helps bring the abstract world of literacy into the concrete realm, making it tangible and accessible for all children. “The work of Maria Montessori and Jean Piaget confirms, what the hand experiences, the mind remembers.” p. 4 Souns for Literacy: Language and Literacy Develop Hand in Hand by: Brenda Erickson
“…what can psychology and neuroscience recommend to teachers and parents who wish to optimize reading instruction? …we know that conversion of letters into sounds is the key stage in reading acquisition. All teaching efforts should be initially focused on a single goal, the grasp of the alphabetic principle whereby each letter or grapheme represents a phoneme.” p. 228 Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read, by Stanislas Dehaene
“Upon entering the retina, a word is split up into a myriad of fragments, as each part of the visual image is recognized by a distinct photoreceptor. Starting from this input, the real challenge consists in putting the pieces back together in order to decode what letters are present, to figure out the order in which they appear, and finally identify the word.” p.12 Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read by Stanislas Dehaene
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The NRP findings indicate that PA instruction may be most effective when children are taught to manipulate phonemes with letters, when the instruction is explicitly focused on one or two types of phoneme manipulations rather than multiple types, and when children are taught in small groups. p. 2-6
The Foundation for Literacy
What do you see more of...
capital letters or lowercase letters?
What do you need to read these words...
What might happen if a child learned her letter sounds first?
Imagine opening a book...
letter names
letter sounds?
Common Core Reading
Foundational Skills for Kindergarten
Phonological Awareness, Alphabetics & Neuroscience
Students learn using multiple modalities.
Souns is a hands-on phonological-awareness program that brings literacy to life.
The Foundation for Literacy
The latest neuroscience about how the brain reads explains why to teach letter sounds before letter names (which is just what Souns.org does.)
"Sometimes the child knows the names of letters (ay, bee, see, dee..). Unfortunately, this knowledge, far from being helpful, may even delay the acquisition of reading. To know that "s" is pronounced ess , "k" kay and "i" eye is useless when we try to read the work "ski." Letter names cannot be assembled during reading-the hookup only concerns phonemes. But phonemes are rather abstract and covert speech units. A true mental revolution will have to take place before the child finds out that speech can be broken down into phonemes, and that the sound ba is made up of two such units, the phonemes /b/ and /a/." ~p. 200-201 Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read, by: Stanislas Dehaene
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