Hear Here! The Sound Wall and Its Connections to Speech-to-Print Instruction

by | Jun 1, 2022 | 10 comments

Children hear and speak before they learn to read. Sound walls can accelerate students’ articulatory learning and their production of speech, on the road to becoming proficient readers and spellers. In this episode of Literacy Talks, our trio of literacy experts share their experiences and recommendations for integrating sound walls into regular literacy instruction.

Season 1, Episode 10

10 Comments

  1. I am wondering where the response to Jennifer Adam’s question about merging her current practice with the word wall practice.
    I am also wondering if you have ideas of how to prep preschool students to succeed at reading, with sound walls and decorate text ect.

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    • Hi Denise,
      The response to Jennifer’s questions has been updated.
      In regards to supporting preschool students, Lindsay has answered you below.
      Reach out with more questions!
      Jillian Kaster
      Community Manager

      Hi Denise,
      Working on children’s oral language development is a great way to prepare preschoolers for future reading! It’s also a great time to play with the sounds of spoken English by leading phonological awareness activities. You can draw students’ attention to the individual phonemes in your sound wall lessons, introduce the alphabet, and help them learn the alphabetic principle. All these things will build a great foundation.
      -Linsday

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  2. I teach Transitional Kindergarten and I’m confused about one aspect of using a sound wall. I use an ABC song with cards that show images and hand motions to teach the letters/sounds of the alphabet (a says a like alligator). But then if I use a sound wall to hone in on those sounds, should my picture cards match my ABC cards? Or am I thinking about this the wrong way?

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    • Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for the great question. Below is a response from Literacy Talks’ host, Lindsay Kemeny.
      Jillian Kaster
      Community Manager

      I think in an ideal world, it would be great if your keyword pictures from your alphabet strip and sound wall matched. That’s not always possible, though. I initially created my sound wall when I taught kindergarten using the same clip art as my alphabet strip. Later, I got a more professional sound wall, and my keyword pictures didn’t match. However, I didn’t witness any problems or confusion with that, and I liked that my students had a couple of different examples of keywords.
      I hope that helps!
      -Lindsay

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  3. I love the sound wall. Can it be purchased ?

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    • Hi Pam,

      We are so glad to hear you love the Sound Wall. We do too! 🙂 Please reach out to us here to get in touch with an account executive to help you.
      Thanks so much!

      Jillian Kaster
      Community Manager

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  4. I signed up for the Tuesday and Thursday webinar. I will not be available at the time of the Thursday webinar.
    Will we be able to watch a recording if we miss it?

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    • Yes, Abby, you will be able to watch the recordings. Immediately following each webinar, you can go to the same registration page you used to register to be able to access the recordings. We will also send an email to everyone who registers. Go to https://www.readinghorizons.com/company/events to be able to access the registration pages and the recordings after the sessions.

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  5. This was so informative!! I learned so much and can’t wait to try a Sound Wall!

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    • Thanks for the great feedback, Cindy!
      You can catch Stacy and Lindsay LIVE at their edWeb webinar next week on Sound Walls.

      Sound Walls: A Big Boost for Early Literacy, Thursday, June 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT
      Sign up here: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/literacyhero20220609/

      Hope to see you there!

      Jillian Kaster
      Community Manager

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