Developed by a team at Bangor University, who really understand
the learning needs of children with reading difficulties and/or dyslexia,
Sounds and Rhymes offers more than 20 games and activities, which build
children’s awareness of basic letter sounds and how these correspond
to written letters.
A bright, uncluttered interface ensures that the focus is on learning.
Graphics and animation add visual interest and reinforce user actions.
Sampled speech is used to introduce letter sounds and words, if desired,
and teachers can select which sounds are practised in a session. Other
options allow teachers to define the overall presentation of the program
(sound effects, animations, graphic style).
Each exercise is delivered in short sections, since frequent, brief
practice sessions are recommended. Three main areas are covered: vowel
sounds, rhymes and consonant blends. Activities encourage children to
match vowels to pictures, identify initial vowels and consonants, sort
objects into vowel groups, select missing initial and final consonants,
match or make rhyming words and identify words which don't rhyme.
Most activities are completed via drag-and-drop, or point-and-click
interactivity. Pupils can also key in text to practise the spelling of
consonant blends. User feedback reinforces correct answers with a tick
and/or a graphic response (a picture fills a space in a grid, for example).
If an incorrect answer is selected it simply disappears. If two incorrect
responses are made, a new word is presented. In this way, mistakes are
never reinforced by negative feedback. A 'Show Me' feature demonstrates
how consonant blends are constructed.
Report files record pupils' responses and enable teachers to track
progress. These are displayed in a browser and can then be copied into
any wordprocessor for printing.