Program author Mary Lou Sundberg describes her neurologically integrated pictograph mnemonic innovation.
Sunform’s linguistically responsive, synthetic phonics approach to beginning literacy enables Pre/K students to readily assimilate integrated pictographs, letter sounds and shapes.
This embedded picture mnemonic innovation establishes the foundational (beginning) letter sound proficiency necessary for the subsequent development of automatic word recognition and word memorization. Daily 10-15 minute lessons enable students to master the 26 beginning letter sound-symbol correspondences to automaticity. Most English speakers will begin blending after just 8-10 weeks of instruction, regardless of school readiness level or home linguistic system. This foundational knowledge is critically important to establish upon school entry for all students including those who tend to become underserved in literacy.