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"What an awesome book! My daughter went from being a struggling reader to the very best in her class!"
- Ida Joiner-Elliott, Technology Executive and Parent
"Absolutely wonderful program. Kids see their own progress and get excited. I love it!!!"
- Helen Heder, Special Education Teacher
"I like this book because it is funny and fun...it is helping me with my reading."
- Lacey, Elementary School Student
"My 4-year-old loved Sound Bytes...By the middle...he was reading easy books and sounding out new words without difficulty."
- Theresa Nelson, Author, English Teacher, and Parent
"I teach students who have not succeeded in other programs. With Sound Bytes my students have experienced great success."
- Diane DiPasquale, M.S., Special Education Teacher
"Sound Bytes is straightforward, easy to implement and interesting to students--an amazing program that just keeps getting better!"
- Wendy Newberg, Teacher
"Thank you so much for this wonderful book. It has been a critical part of my daughter's success in reading."
- Stacy Smith, Parent
"One of the best reading programs that have been published...great for struggling readers and exactly what my students need."
- Lori Goree, LRC Teacher
"Sound Bytes is an excellent example of a reading program that is systematic, explicit, and successful--an excellent teaching tool!"
- Mary Scarlato, PhD, Associate Professor, Special Education, Western Oregon University
"I studied reading using Sound Bytes. This book gave me a lot of practice...I really improved in reading."
- Lawan T., ESL Student
"As a teacher who works with below grade readers...I would recommend this program to other instructors with struggling readers."
- Debbie Kern, Special Education Teacher
"Sound Bytes...was easy to teach...I highly recommend it for any child who is having difficulty in reading."
- Glenda Wright, Grandparent
About the Author
The author has been a reading tutor for more than 20 years. In addition to teaching her own four children to read, she has helped many struggling readers become successful readers. While teaching her last child to read, she discovered that many other children were not getting the early skills instruction that would help them become strong readers. Combining the information from recent research about early reading instruction with practical experience working with students, she began to write lessons for the students she was tutoring. The lessons included stories so the students could practice using the skills they were learning, and the students quickly began to be successful. Over the past decade she has developed Sound Bytes Reading, a program that works well for all students, including those who have failed in other reading programs. Her carefully sequenced lessons have proven to help beginning readers experience immediate success and to help students who are discouraged from years of failure to discover the joy of being able to read well.
Story from Lesson 5-4:
I can go to a shop.
I can stop at the shop.
I can have a dog.
I can have Spot.
Spot can sit in a box.
Spot can go to Mom and Pop.
Spot can hop. Spot can flop.
Spot can eat a lot.
Spot is a good dog.
Story from Lesson 12-1:
A white goat ran along the road. He had a coat on. It was as black as coal. "I wish it was not so hot today," said the goat. "I will roast in this coat."
The goat took the coat off. "I will soak my coat in the creek," said the goat. He put the coat into the creek. A little bit of soap was in the coat. The soap began to foam. Then the coat began to float. "Oh no," said the goat. "There goes my coat!"
The coat floated past a boat. A big green toad sat on the boat. The big green toad went, "Croak, croak," as the coat floated along.
The goat ran past the boat. He jumped into the creek and got his coat. "I am glad to get my coat back," said the goat as he went on his way along the road.