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. 

2019 Paperback Edition: Here is the beautiful 2019 paperback edition with teacher’s instructions. Everything you need to learn to improve your reading in one inexpensive book. 

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: Revised Key Word Flashcards (2019)  
   7. A Sound Track to Reading: Blending Cards & Suffixes

  8. A Sound Track to Reading: Blend Practice Chart

  9. A Sound Track to Reading: Spelling and Reading Word List 
      Here is the same Spelling and Reading Word List in larger print and horizontal orientation. 

  10. A Sound Track to Reading: Student Progress Chart

  11. A Sound Track Fluency Practice for Orthographic Mapping

  12. A Sound Track Key Word Chart with Sound Pictures

  13. A Sound Track to Reading Facial Diagrams 

  14. Power Point Slides for All 48 Lessons

  15. A Sound Track To Reading: Scope and Sequence 

  16. A Supplemental Word List of Easy Word and Decodable Sentences to use with A Sound Track. 
       This material can also be used with beginning readers. 

  17. A Sound Track Consonant and Vowel Charts with pictures for key words.  

 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. The paperback is $15.00. The free pdf is available
        above for those who prefer the free pdf.   

   2. Provide the student access to the Audio Recordings of the lessons. The audio can be accessed directly from the Internet     
       link above and 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. I have produced videos which teach every aspect of the program.
       They are very helpful for students working through the program with the help of a teacher. 

  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 each 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.  

         A. McCall-Harby Test Lessons in Primary Reading. These are the best text for developing reading fluency and
              comprehension for remedial and primary students. 

         B. 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. 

          C. I use the McCall-Crabbs’ Standard Test lessons in Reading every day in my tutoring. These test lessons are
                designed  for third grade and up, but can be used with younger readers. Here is the Teacher’s Manual

          D. The Marshall Adult Education website has lots of free reading passages that are excellent for building teen and adult
                reading fluency. 

          E. Here is the Gospel of Mark for reading practice. 

          F. Tom Sawyer Detective This is a document I reformatted and slightly revised for my tutoring student. It is a perennial

 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, demonstrating the large reading and spelling vocabulary of students  
    completing the program. This is intensive phonics at its best! 

3. A transcription of Monica Foltzer’s Teacher Training Video

 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. Here is Mr. Brunner’s video, Retarding America: The Imprisonment of Potential

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

Here is a NPR Video that will touch your heart: Millions of Adults Lack Basic Reading Skills Needed for Good Jobs. A Sound Track To Reading is just what they need. Won’t you help spread the word?

This page was launched on March 16, 2018. It was last updated on January 30, 2020.

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