Nurruby Children’s Services staff were thrilled when they learnt their favourite pre-reading skills course had gone digital. Designed to give every child a stepping stone as they prepare for school, Sounds good to me trains early childhood educators to teach valuable phonological awareness skills proven to lead to reading success.
“We have been using SGTM in our centre for 5 years,” Nurruby managing director Prue Jamieson said.
“The program is popular with staff and we know that children’s speech, language and learning is supported.”
Prue says she’s seen a significant improvement in her educators’ skills and confidence since taking on the program, which is now embedded into all areas of the centre’s curriculum.
“It is satisfying to send our pre-schoolers off to ‘big school’ with the skills they need to learn to read,” she said.
Developed in 2014, Sounds good to me was created by speech pathologists with input from early childhood educators in an effort to deduce educational disadvantage.
Early trials in four centres showed children who participated in the Sounds good to me program improved significantly in their rhyme detection and sound matching abilities.
Filled with practical activities and backed by solid research, Sounds good to me has become wildly popular among educators over the years. “We are proud to share this fantastic course with a wider audience in its new digital form, which includes a range of downloadable and physical resources and a full catalogue of video lessons,” says Anne Williams, speech pathologist and presenter of the program.
For just $797,educators will have a professional development opportunity that will enrich the lives of countless children.
“The importance and value of early childhood education is well known,” Anne said.
“Good health and wellbeing outcomes later in life are closely linked with education levels, so the work you do in your programs is setting the children up for life.”