Reading Intervention Program Review: The Sonday System

Reading Intervention Program Review:  The Sonday System

Description:  The Sonday System instructional materials and methods have been compiled to help teachers effectively use proven literacy instructional strategies.  The Sonday System is based on Orton-Gillingham instructional principles that have been well documented over time.  The Orton-Gillingham approach has been the subject of five major reading research studies over the last 70 years, in 1940, 1956, 1969, 1979, and 1984.  Citing these, the National Reading Panel identified Orton-Gillingham as one of the effective methodologies that address the needs of struggling readers (National Reading Panel, 2000).

Ages:  PreK-Adult

            The Sonday System materials have been carefully crafted to incorporate the essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension) and also integrates a systematic spelling component.  When reading and spelling are taught together, progress is faster, learning is more secure and the learner becomes a writer as well as a reader.  Spelling offers an opportunity for kinesthetic/tactile practice through tracing and writing, and provides immediate diagnostic information regarding sounds, rules, and concepts that have (or have not) been learned.  This intentional integration allows students to become more proficient at reading and spelling as well as writing.  Teachers can expand the spelling activities to extended writing assignments as include comprehension strategies to help children become independent readers.  Reading and writing skills must be developed sequentially and cumulatively.

ed2go            The Sonday System is offered in kits for various settings:
  • Let’s Play Learn (Early Childhood – PreK and K)
  • Sonday System 1 (Beginning Reading and Interventions)
  • Sonday System 2 (Intermediate Reading and Interventions)

Evidence of Effectiveness:  Thirteen years of data collected from school districts using the Sonday System demonstrate a high degree of effectiveness.   Educational experts in industry-leading, organizations such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and Reading First offices in several states have independently evaluated the Sonday System and found that the program contained the required elements for successful reading identified by the National Reading Panel (2000).  Additional information, including the Sonday System effectiveness reports and how to access the analysis reports from NCLD and IDA is available at

Teacher Training:  Winsor Learning provides extensive training, coaching, and consulting services to support the use of the Sonday System.  With ongoing, sustained professional development that includes initial training and follow-up coaching, teachers learn through explanation, demonstration and role playing.  The strategies are consistent with those recommended by the National Reading Panel (2000).

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