A Sound Track to Reading 

Everyone Can Play a Part

I want to make an offer
From the bottom of my heart
To help a lot of people,
Everyone can play a part. 

America has a Problem. 
It's plain for all to see.
It breaks my heart to tell it,
But it's affecting you and me.

Too many folks are struggling
To read the words on a page,
And the frustration leaves them
Mute actors upon the stage. 

They have a part to play
Their minds are razor sharp,
But illiteracy holds them back
It keeps them in the dark. 

But I have a Solution,
A track that’s tried and true.
It starts with the sounds
And then provides the glue

To tie the sounds to letters 
So reading makes perfect sense.
A Sound Track to Reading
We all can implement. 

Then watch the happy faces
Of those who learn to read
After years of frustration
                            From chains of bondage freed.

                                                          by Donald L. Potter, March 16, 2018.

INTRODUCTION: I started this page with a poem in hopes that a poem from my heart to your heart might be the spark to ignite your passion to help me in this great endeavor to bring literacy to every American whose life has been impoverished by a lack of good reading skills. 

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR? A Sound Track to Reading is for anyone who struggles with reading from third grade through adult. I have found it especially helpful for students diagnosed with dyslexia. 

NATURE OF THE PROGRAM: A Sound Track to Reading is an advanced, intensive phonics program and reader. Note that it is completely self-contained in a single book, eliminating the need for separate readers or any other material. 

WHY SUCH A BIG PROBLEM? Mark Seidenberg says that this poor performance is indicative of underutilization of reading science by educators. In other words, the schools have failed to provide the kind of reading instruction that all students need to read well. A Sound Track to Reading contains all the missing information (sounds, letters, syllables, sentences) that everyone needs to read well. 

THE PLAN:  I propose that we work together to provide every struggling reader in America a copy of the late Monica Foltzers’ A Sound Track to Reading

THE GOOD NEWS: Sister Foltzer says, “Anybody who can read can teach someone else to read if they have a system.” No prior experience or teacher training is necessary to teach the program successfully . 

Here are the documents you need to implement the program:

   1. A Sound Track to Reading: Student Book

   2. A Sound Track to Reading: Student Book with Teacher’s Manual

   3. A Sound Track to Reading: Cursive Supplement 

   4. A Sound Track to Reading: Audio and Audio-Visual Instruction  

   5. A Sound Track to Reading: Key Word Flashcards 

   6. A Sound Track to Reading: Blending Cards & Suffixes

  7. A Sound Track to Reading: Blend Practice Chart

  7. A Sound Track to Reading: Spelling and Reading Word List 

  8. A Sound Track to Reading: Student Progress Chart

  9. A Sound Track Fluency Practice for Orthographic Mapping

 The program is very easy to implement. Here are the steps you need to follow.

   1. First give the student a copy A Sound Track to Reading: Student Book. I print double-sided pages and bind them
       with a comb binding. Office Depot and Staples can run off spiral bound copies very inexpensively. I would like to partner with 
       concerned business people who would like to play a part in printing, binding and distributing these books. 

   2. Provide the student access to the Audio Recordings of the lessons. The audio can be accessed directly from the Internet    
        link above or downloaded onto any MP3 listening device. You can also teach the lessons yourself. The Teacher’s Manual
        provides ALL the information necessary to teach the program successfully. Foltzer correctly maintained that anyone who can
        read can teach someone else to read if they have a system.

   3. Set up a Schedule to have the student read the assigned lessons to you.  A Progress Chart is provided at the back of the
       Student Book for keeping track of the student’s progress through the program. 

   4. If possible give Direction Instruction in Proper Handwriting so the method can be taught in a multi-sensory manner for
       maximum improvement in written expression. For help with handwriting, we provide two free, easy-to-teach programs. 
       It is very beneficial for the students to copy the words and practice writing them from dictation. 

         A. Fundamentals of Cursive: Brief Instruction. A free pdf document. 
              Fundamentals of Cursive: Training Video.  
         B. Shortcut to Manuscript: Manual. A free pdf document. 
              Shortcut to Manuscript: Training Video

   5. Explain the use of a Dictionary for learning spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. Apps on computers and 
       handheld devices can be used, but looking words up in a printed dictionary helps develop alphabetizing skills better.

   6. Provide Outside Reading Material to develop fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Ordinary subject textbooks are
       excellent because they tie improvement in decoding with content area learning. For older students a good GED textbook
       provides superb educational reading material. Faith Based approaches can use religious material such as the Gospel of Mark. 

   7. I make heavy use of the Spectrum Reading Workbook for each grade level. They include very interesting and informative
       reading passages and workbook exercises covering all the necessary skills. The answers are in the back. 

  A Sound Track to Reading is divided into two parts.

        Part 1: The first 30 Lessons cover all the Fundamentals of Reading. You can expect the students to be ready to do serious
                   independent reading when they complete Lesson 30.
        Part 2. Lessons 31 through 48 are for Reference and Review, covering more advanced decoding and word recognition.

 Scientific Foundations of A Sound Track to Reading

1. A study of the Linguistic Foundation of A Sound Track to Reading for those who are interested in the scientific background of
    the program. 

2. A study of the Vocabulary of A Sound Track to Reading

Students who have finished A Sound Track to Reading need to continue reading. The Marshall Adult Education website has lots of free reading passages that are excellent for building teen and adult reading fluency. 

 For younger students (Kindergarten through second grade), I recommend Reading Made Easy with Blend Phonics for First Grade. 

Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Employment Opportunity through Research-Based Reading Instruction (1993) by Michael Brunner. 

A Sound Track to Reading is the idea program for teaching ANY teen or adult to read, including those in our juvenile and adult prison systems. Here is a Ted Talk about what learning to read in prison did for one inmate. Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll

This page was launched on March 16, 2018. It was last updated on October 15, 2018.