Simon S.I.O. engages students with an animated, personal tutor appropriate for older students. The tutor presents skill-building activities to maintain students' interest, vary practice and generalize learning. Students learn sounds, build words, practice, discriminate and recall words. Students read words into a microphone and hear them read back. Available in Stage 1 or 2 and bundled together.
Simon S.I.O. is a software program that delivers individualized phonics instruction and corrective feedback to your beginning readers. It was developed by Dr. Ted Hasselbring of Vanderbilt University who is known for his work with Read 180. In Simon, students move systematically and at their own pace as they learn letter sounds and word families. In addition, students practice spelling words, discriminating between like words and reading newly learned words within controlled texts. Utilizing Simon’s Progress Reports, teachers can quickly check students’ progress on screen or print the reports out to include in student portfolios.
Students who fail to attain foundational phonics skills face inevitable academic hardships as they move beyond the early grades where they shift from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’
Dr. Sally Shaywitz, author of Overcoming Dyslexia (2003) wrote, “The real power of Simon is for students who have an underlying understanding of the alphabetic principle and need a lot of time to rehearse.”
Dr. Ted Hasselbring,
“In reading, students first learn the alphabetic principle and use this to decode words, often very laboriously. Through repeated trials, the student will develop a ‘neural model’ of the word and no longer relies on the use of the alphabetic principle. The more times the student reads the word correctly the stronger the neural pathway becomes and fluency increases. Simon uses a very systematic approach to developing these ‘neural models.’ Context is essential to bring meaning to these words, and Simon helps with context in two ways: (1) they get visual support for the words and (2) when they read the words within connected text they get context for the meaning of the word.”
Activities Nurture Beginning Readers and English Language Learners
Onsets and Rimes
Students drag onsets and rimes to the correct position to complete the word
Students race the clock as they read a word and select the corresponding graphic
Students practice spelling each learned word
Students read the word and listen to their recording
Simon speaks a word and students select it
Students read and record passages of controlled text.
Case Study: Phonics Instruction for Elementary ‘Exceptional Needs’ Students
Mocksville Elementary School, North Carolina, August 2005 (PDF)
Case Study: Early Elementary Phonics Intervention Improves Word Fluency
A six-week trial using Simon S.I.O. (Sounds It Out) with two kindergarten, first and second grade general education classes was conducted at Brentwood Elementary School, Pensacola, Florida October 2007
Simon S.I.O. White Paper
Research and Conceptual Basis for Simon S.I.O. is based on the extensive research done by Ted Hasselbring, Ed.D and Laura Goin M.Ed. Ted and Laura’s research facilitated the creation of the Peabody Learning Lab while at Vanderbilt University. Much of the approach used in Simon S.I.O. is a direct result of the Peabody Learning Lab.
Simon S.I.O. is based on the extensive research done by Ted Hasselbring, Ed.D and Laura Goin M.Ed. Ted and Laura’s research facilitated the creation of the Peabody Learning Lab while at Vanderbilt University. Much of the approach used in Simon S.I.O. is a direct result of the Peabody Learning Lab.
Simon S.I.O. Product Demonstration
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Multimedia & Internet @ Schools Magazine
Simon S.I.O. Earns 5 Stars – Review by John Drag Jr., Principal, Broward Community Charter School West, Coral Springs, Florida. September/October 2007 Issue (PDF)
Train your teachers in just 30 minutes (really!) with this guide. This is your best guide to get teachers up and running quickly. (PDF)
Student Success Stories Form
Fill out Student Success Stories form to track progress. (PDF)
A “checklist” of product features to be used to assess proficiency before and after training. (PDF)
Sample of Simon S.I.O. Parents Letter
Topic Dictionary files support Simon S.I.O. Stage 1 and Stage 2.
Simon S.I.O. Stage 1 words –Download this dictionary
Simon S.I.O. Stage 2 words –Download this dictionary
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