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Sound PartnersBuild Early Reading Skills With Explicit Instruction

Grades K–3

What is Sound Partners?

Sound Partners is a research-based, supplementary tutoring program designed to enhance early reading skills. With individualized instruction, Sound Partners emphasizes phonemic and alphabetic skills, phonemic decoding skills, and assisted oral reading practice with decodable texts. Sound Partners benefits students learning to read in grades K–1 and provides intervention for students in grades 2–3.

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NEW Edition!

The new edition of Sound Partners is coming soon, and offers an enhanced, research-based approach to early reading skills. With a new student book and redesigned layout, delivery is easier, reinforcing key literacy concepts while enhancing student engagement for a more effective and enjoyable learning experience. Explore this tutoring solution that prioritizes foundational literacy skills and elevates your approach to reading instruction!


Research-Based and Validated

Sound Partners meets the criteria for the Evidence for ESSA “Strong” category for “Solid Outcomes.” Follow-up studies found the positive effects were maintained two years later in word reading and comprehension.

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Explicit Scope and Sequence

Whether you need supplemental instruction in K–1 or effective intervention in grades 2–3, Sound Partners includes an explicit scope and sequence that:

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Includes application of word-reading skills through storybook reading practice


Provides kindergarten instruction in phonological skills and initial sound identification

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Improves phonemic awareness, decoding, word identification, and spelling skills

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Provides scaffolded practice in phoneme segmenting

Tailored Tutoring

Sound Partners accelerates students’ ability to read grade-level text by:

  • Allowing schools to provide intensive, individual instruction in early reading skills to students who need it most.
  • Using lessons designed specifically for tutors, paraprofessionals, and assistants with detailed guidance about how to deliver the lessons.
  • Following science of reading-based strategies.
  • Delivering direct, one-on-one instruction 4 or 5 days per week for 30 minutes.
  • Scaffolding instruction for students experiencing difficulties with letter/sound and decoding.

How Can Sound Partners Be Used?

Sound Partners can be used alongside:

  • Tutoring programs
  • Intervention programs
  • Before or after school programs
  • Extended learning programs
  • Summer school or intersession programs
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Sound Partners - FirstGrade - Set

* Images courtesy of Bob Books Publications, LLC.

What You Get With Sound Partners:

  • Tutor Lesson Book
  • Student Lesson Book(s)
  • Tutoring and Implementation Manual
  • Decodable Books (Bob Books)
  • Sound Cards (in the Tutor Lesson Book)