Title

The Use of the Sound Partners to Reinforce Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Skills in Kindergarten Students

Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in School Psychology

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Mary Dosch

Abstract

In 2000, the National Reading Panel (NRP) proposed the Five Big Ideas or pillars of reading necessary for children's literacy development. The purpose of the panel was to inform reading instruction focusing on these critical areas: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension. Most students with solid instruction will become successful readers. However, some students struggle and need supplemental instruction. Many programs are developed to address each area to support struggling students, and Sound Partners focuses on phonemic awareness and phonic instructions to assist students with their reading foundational skills. The interventionist implemented an eight-week Sound Partners program with two kindergarten students at a suburban elementary school. The purpose of this intervention was to improve foundational literacy skills in phonemic awareness and phonics. The results of this study suggest that Sound Partners may be effective for some students in promoting reading skills. Limitations included implementing the intervention with Covid restrictions and different acquisition rates among participants.

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