The Letter, Sounds and Words program is a reading skills program designed to be implemented by volunteers who do not need to have related experience. It is used in schools, and is a 10-week program for 5 - 7 year-old children. It uses short games/activities to provide repetition to help young children recognize letters, a sound each one represents, how to learn words by sight and how to learn a word by using the sounds of its letters. Volunteer Coaches work with one child at a time and follow prescribed activities using the materials provided.
New volunteers participate in two, 2-hour training sessions. The program and the volunteer training sessions have been designed to allow volunteers to be very independent in running the program over the 10 weeks. A list of training sessions is available at www.strongstart.ca.