Friday, July 31, 2009

And another

Dear Mr. Gurney,

I teach at Lafayette Elementary School, in Lafayette, California. We have used your Soundabet cards/songs with our kindergarten students for the past four years. It has been an amazing journey with the children and your Soundabet song and cards are an integral part of our program. This coming year, I will be teaching First Grade and would like to order additional sets (both king and queen) for use in my classroom.

-Christina N.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Testimonial--July 2009

One of the great things about doing Soundabet is getting e-mails like this one from Mrs. Westover. It's the sort of message that will keep me around doing a small, slow business for people who dig enough to find me and are patient enough not to expect same day rush-rush service. Slow foods is good for us eaters; slow business is good for us shoppers, too.

I asked her if I could post her email here, and she said I could.

It makes me happy to think that some people are getting such wonderful results with Soundabet (19 out of 20 bests the ratio of success in my own classroom!)

Here's her letter, I mean email---

Dear Dan:

Last year, I bought your system and have had remarkable success with my kindergarten class. 19 out of my 20 students knew their letters and sounds by the first trimester. 19 our of my 20 students were able to write several sentences in their journals without any help! I attribute much of my success in my classroom to your program. I was forced to teach the Houghtin Mifflin program, but I added the "Soundabet" as part of my daily routines and it made a big difference. Could you please be kind enough to send me a blank invoice or purchase order so that I may be able to order more of materials? Another teacher used this program also had similar success! Thank you for such a great program, keep up the good work! Please don't close your business! We need you!! :)
Sincerely,
Mrs. Westover

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer Workshop and Sale

I just got back from doing a Soundabet Workshop in Southern California. It was fun for me.

It's stirred up some renewed interest in Soundabet both for me and for the people who use it.

So I thought I'd do a summer Back-to-School sale. I'll go through the Soundabet order form and revise the prices downward a little, effective July 20.

By the way, the Flash Cards will henceforth be shipped with the Story Starters on stickers to affix to the back.

Another Testimonial

One of the great satisfactions of having created Soundabet is hearing from people who've used it and felt inspired to tell me. Here's one from Michelle Emra:


Hi Mr. Gurney,
We've never met, but I order your soundabet kit and I can't tell you how much fun we had this last year. I was fortunate enough to teach fullday kindy, and I only has 23 students. (that's low for oregon) We use the Treasures curriculum and between district mandates and your ideas, 20 of my students left kindergarten above grade level. 22 were reading and 22 were writing 2 or more sentences. (Actually about 15 were writing several sentences over 3-4 pages.) I had the most successful year; my test scores were through the roof, which got a lot of recognition from our district office and some principals around the district.
It was my 2nd year in kindergartern, my 17th year in education and I loved every minute of it.
So, when I got politically bumped out of kindergarten and will now teach a 1/2 blend, I cried for 2 days. I plan on using a lot of your ideas since they lend themselves so well to the struggling learner, I just hope to be able to head back down to the place where my heart sings.
Have a blessed summer. You helped me so much. thanks!!!!

I hope you get a chance to return to kindergarten, Michelle!