BSB2 is a word-fluency intervention that teaches the six syllable types, O, C, V, R, CLE, and VV. Students that struggle with fluency need focused instruction on the 6 syllable types since these 6 parts combine together to make the words in the English language. Use as much or as little of this complete program in syllables with your regular reading program. BSB2 can be taught in as little as one week or added to the reading program throughout the year. This great intervention for middle level students dramatically improves pronunciation and spelling skills. BSB is high-interest and NOT juvenile, a common complaint with middle level students. Use BSB to create permanent memory links through accessing all senses. BSB is fun for students of all ability levels, including regular-ed students that need more than traditional instruction, ESL/ELL students, those in special education, students with specific learning disabilities, those being tutored, students in reading clinics, or those being home-schooled.
Info about the levels of Breaking the “Sound” Barrier to Fluent Reading, Levels 1, 2, and 3 (BSB1, BSB2, and BSB3):
This is a word-fluency intervention for students that cannot remember their phonics or can’t sound out words to read fluently. BSB was originally created for readers that struggled in grades 5, 6, 7, 8; however, after the great successes at these levels, it is used at elementary, high school, and adult levels by making slight changes in theme and wording. BSB has a base of over 30 years of evidence and is favorably researched by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA. Published findings show significant gains in students’ ability to read and spell words. Word-fluency should not be an "elementary" skill. It instead is a necessary step for fluent reading and good spelling.
This intervention is scripted for those teachers that like to see exact wording; however, as long as the main instructional points are followed, teachers can change wording to suit their style and classroom levels. BSB is easy for teachers and parents to follow. It has been used in public and private schools, with homeschoolers and individual parent groups. There are no lengthy explanations in BSB and instructors see great results in much less time than with most reading-fluency programs. Comprehension and vocabulary development grow with students' regular reading programs when the reading-fluency component is strengthened with BSB.
BSB, Level 1 includes learning to read and spell the phonic sounds of our language with long-term retention. Many older students fail to remember phonics with old-fashioned, traditional methods. They find them juvenile and boring. Methods used in BSB are very memory enhancing. When older students learn through BSB, they will view phonics as the first step to reading success. As students experience success, learning to read is no longer a chore. It instead becomes a reachable goal. BSB, Level 2 continues after phonics with unusual memory-enhancing instruction for the six syllable types. BSB, Level 3 completes the BSB program by teaching the four dividing patterns in a very different way to secure good reading-fluency skills. Students will confidently read and spell lengthy words of up to five or more syllables upon successful completion of BSB. Strong skills is the area of phonics (BSB1), syllables (BSB2), and dividing patterns (BSB3) equals great reading fluency and spelling skills. This has a domino effect of improved comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills.
Teachers can purchase the Teacher Editions alone and duplicate the important notations, warm-up exercises, spelling tests, and charts for students (for individual classroom use only). To make it easier, optional Student Editions are also available and contain the important notations, warm-up exercises, spelling tests, and charts in one condensed student book. The Student Editions give students an organized book of memory-enhancing, reading-fluency steps for reference.
Instruct the BSB levels in order (BSB1, BSB2, BSB3) to unlock difficult reading-fluency/spelling deficiencies; however, there are exceptions. Some students may be proficient with phonics but not syllables or dividing patterns. In those cases, BSB’s levels are made to be used independently: Level 1 – Phonics, Level 2 – Syllables, and Level 3 – Dividing patterns. My experience with struggling readers is that they are embarrassed to admit they never learned to read and spell phonic sounds with 100% mastery. Getting to the root of the reading-fluency problem is essential. "Fixing" a reading problem is never quick. If students have gone years and years without being able to read, reading-fluency still won’t improve dramatically if the BSB learning process is rushed. Remember that evidence for BSB shows that nonreaders can read and closely spell some of the longest words in world record books upon successful completion of all three levels.