Q: What are ‘sound tiles’? Can you give me more information about the multisensory sound tiles? How do I make the ‘sound tiles’ used in the Right Track Reading lessons? Why are the multisensory activities with the tiles effective in helping students learn to read?

A: The ‘sound tiles’ are simply a very effective tool to teach children the structure of our phonetic language. You can make a set of the sound tiles by writing the phonemic code on 2” bathroom tiles. Complete instructions for making a set of sound tiles are contained in Right Track Reading Lessons and in Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons.

The sound tiles allow the child not only to actually see, but to physically pick up and manipulate the phonetic structure of our language. Right Track Reading Lessons and Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons use these ‘sound tiles’ for activities that teach the direct sound=letter knowledge, develop phonemic awareness, improve blending skills, reinforce directional tracking and teach spelling. The ‘sound tiles’ are especially beneficial in remedial reading situations as they clearly teach the phonetic structure of the language.  The ‘sound tiles’ are used to in multi-sensory activities that directly link kinetic, visual, auditory and oral processes and help students learn to read. Plus, the ‘sound tile’ activities are fun!

Please see the page “Effective Multisensory Activites: Building Proficient Reading with Sound Tiles” for pictures and details on the word making and sound changing activities with the sound tiles.  

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This question was answered by Miscese Gagen a mother with a passion for teaching children to read proficiently by using effective methods. She is also a successful reading tutor and author of the reading instructional programs Right Track Reading Lessons and Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons. The purpose of this article is to empower parents and teachers with information on teaching children how to read. We CAN improve reading proficiency, one student at a time!  More information is located at www.righttrackreading.com ~  Copyright 2004-2013 Miscese R. Gagen

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