Sonday System

February 17, 2011
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Sonday System, 2nd Edition

Content: Phonics
Grade(s): K – 5th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Included
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Pages: Packaged Kit
Publication Date: 2088
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** From the Publisher’s Website: **

The Sonday System 1 guides beginning reading, writing and spelling instruction, reading intervention, instruction for English Language Learners (ELL) and is highly effective in the Response to Intervention (RtI) model. The Sonday System 1 provides a lesson template for instructors to teach the essential skills to their students in every lesson, every day. The system is an Orton-Gillingham based, systematic, explicit, sequential, and cumulative multisensory language instruction program which cements student learning into long-term memory. The system is easy for instructors to use and contains: a check for knowledge, five Pre-Reading and thirty-six Reading Levels, mastery checks and templates for creating personal learning plans.

The concepts and elements taught in Level 1 are:

  • Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, Consonant and Vowel Sounds, Vowel Pairs, Consonant Blends and Diagraphs, R Controlled Vowels, Vowel Consonant-e, Compound Words, Non-Phonetic Words, Spelling, Rules for English Language, Reading/Writing Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

Before beginning Sonday System 2 the student should be able to recite the alphabet, write upper and lower case letters, know the difference between consonants and vowels, know the sounds of the consonants and beginning consonant blends, read confidently at a 3rd level or higher and pass the entrance test found in the Sonday System 2 Learning Plan Book. If a student has completed the Sonday System 1 they have gained these skills and are ready to move on.

The concepts and elements taught in Level 2 are:

  • Brief Review of Concepts Taught in Sonday System 1 (Check For Knowledge), Syllable Types, Syllable Division, Prefixes, Suffixes With Governing Rules, Roots, Contractions, Non-Phonetic Words, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

About the Author:
Arlene Sonday was one of the first Orton Gillingham fellows and was the first President of the Orton Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators. Over 30 years of field work informed how she designed the Sonday System. In 2009 the International Dyslexia Association presented her with the Margaret Byrd Lifetime Achievement Award.

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