This innovation in alphabetic instruction activated both the right and left sides of her student’s brain, simultaneously teaching picture names, mnemonic motor movements that eliminate reversals, and alliterations with each letter sound (while acknowledging but not teaching the letter names). It worked so well that her student learned the entire alphabet in the following two weeks and, eventually, earned a graduate degree!
Mary Lou was a passionate educator whose lifetime contribution to the field of reading instruction greatly improved beginning literacy outcomes for the thousands of students who have received Sunform instruction over the years. Thanks to her vision, persistence, and refusal to let long term illness slow her down, it is now possible for every student to rapidly acquire their beginning letter sounds and formulations to automaticity. The people who met Mary Lou will never forget her and her amazing accomplishment.