Our proven online reading programs use a 3 step method to build the underlying skills that support reading, spelling and writing development and then target fluency and comprehension.
Most reading programs provide more and more reading practice or work on phonics skills without first building the underlying skills that support reading and phonics development. This is like building the roof of a house without first building the supporting walls.
The Sonic Learning 3 step reading program is different.
Build the foundations of reading – memory, attention, processing and sequencing .
Explore word meanings, build sentences and paragraphs, work on punctuation, spelling and much more.
Build reading fluency with guided reading using real books.
Does it work?
A research study conducted by Stanford University showed increased activation in the areas of the brain associated with reading, spelling and writing after using Fast ForWord, as well as improvements on tests of reading and language. This research was later replicated at Harvard Medical School.
It this program a miracle cure?
No program is a miracle cure and any program claiming this is most likely not based in research. Reading difficulties can be complex and each child has different strengths and weaknesses. However, research shows that the brain is changeable – it can reorganise itself with the right kind of practise. The programs we use have been proven to change the way the brain is organised for reading. This is not a replacement for high quality reading instruction, which every student should be receiving at school.
We recommend enrolling in a 12 month course to complete all the steps, but if you prefer a shorter program, you can do the steps separately in any order you like.
|Program||Skills targeted||Recommended time|
(30 – 50 mins per day, 3 – 5 days per week)
|1||Fast ForWord Foundations||3+ months|
|2||Reading Boost||3+ months|
|3||Reading Assistant||6+ months|