Reading Horizons Discovery® Sound City helps K–2 students decode, spell, and connect speech to print

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Reading Horizons, a leading provider of tech-enabled foundational reading instruction for K-12 schools and districts, has expanded its flagship solution, Reading Horizons Discovery®, with the addition of Sound City. This expansion aligns with the science that informs reading development and empowers teachers to help K–2 students connect speech to print, and to decode and spell words with greater proficiency.

Reading Horizons Discovery is a foundational reading program based on a simple and effective method to help all students develop phonemic awareness, decoding, and spelling proficiency. The program includes instructional materials, interactive digital lessons, decodable books, ongoing professional learning, and now an interactive digital sound wall. Sound City provides skill assessments, review activities, and games. Features of Sound City include:

  • Five-minute, daily phonemic awareness lessons that follow the gradual release of responsibility model and align to National Reading Panel recommendations;
  • 44 direct-instruction lessons, one for each phoneme in the English language, that align to Reading Horizons phonics lessons;
  • Interactive sound wall software that allows students to record and photograph their own sound articulation to build personal digital sound walls; and
  • Classroom instructional materials, including wall posters, portable sound wall cards, and a phoneme card set to support teacher instruction.



Formats/platforms used:

Sound City is available through Reading Horizons Discovery, which can be accessed via any internet-enabled device.


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Problem solved:

Together, Reading Horizons Discovery and Sound City allow students to connect speech to print and to improve proficiency in decoding and spelling.


Grade/age range:

Sound City is designed for students in grades K–2.


Core or supplemental:

Reading Horizons Discovery and Sound City supplements core curriculum and hones in on decoding and literacy resources for students in need of additional support.