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An Overview of the Sound Town Program

An Overview of the Sound Town Program

By Virginia Duke

We're excited that you're interested in using Sound Town to teach your child to read! Sound Town Phonics is a four-unit program that will take your child from learning to recognize letters and their sounds all the way to independent reading. While each station can be purchased individually to target whatever reading competency your child may need, the program is designed to… Read More

The Learning Guide – Understanding How to Teach Your Child to Read

The Learning Guide – Understanding How to Teach Your Child to Read

By Sound Town

Every Station comes with our Learning Guide, a comprehensive map of the skills that make up the learning-to-read process. Showing the lessons of each Sound Town Station on one continuous pathway, the Learning Guide provides you with the whole picture. It lays out how each lesson fits into the journey your child will take from learning the alphabet to full reading skills.… Read More

A Children’s Book Makes the Best Topic Overview

A Children’s Book Makes the Best Topic Overview

By Roxanne Stall

The best tip I think I ever got while teaching my children was from an author of numerous children's non-fiction books, Dorothy Hindshaw Patent. She said that if we ever wanted to learn about a subject of which we knew little about, go to the children's non-fiction section  in the library and read a book or two about it. There we… Read More

Our 5 (Current) Favorite History Books for Children

Our 5 (Current) Favorite History Books for Children

By Sound Town

"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." - Rudyard Kipling When anything is taught in the form of a story, it has a much better chance of being remembered. Because of that, reading illustrated history books for children at bedtime has always been my favorite way to teach new things. Children's books are powerful sources… Read More

The Child-Teacher Relationship: The Way to the Mind is Through the Heart

The Child-Teacher Relationship: The Way to the Mind is Through the Heart

By Maureen Bright

This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of Montana Parent. On a shelf in my classroom is a small golden chest, lined with red velvet. In it are many treasures like cut out hearts, cards full of hearts, a shiny ribbon and a handwritten note that reads, “I get frustrated. Thank you for understanding me.” Each item is a precious pearl… Read More

Thank Goodness for the Village!

Thank Goodness for the Village!

By Roxanne

While my four children were growing into the wonderful adults they now are, I relied heavily on the mentors who peopled my children's village. There was Louis who not only provided my oldest with a place to play fabulous pianos, do her homework, and eventually master the art of selling fine pianos, but he also provided flexible employment to my youngest… Read More

Free Coloring Page for Kids — Orville the Horse

Free Coloring Page for Kids — Orville the Horse

By Sound Town

Orville the Horse is helping Harry in the garden. Can you tell which row in the garden is growing corn? Which row is growing carrots? Orville likes to help by tasting the carrots to make sure they are ready for market. Nice work, Orville. Download the coloring sheet here: Orville Eating a Carrot Read More

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