Sound Field System for Listening and Literacy

BY Kathleen Cremeans and Carol Maley-Makrys

Bournedale Elementary School


Goals, objectives, and activities

The goal is to ensure that the listening language, learning and literacy needs of all children are met so each child can achieve to their full potential.  Research indicates that classroom amplification systems have a positive impact on student’s levels of academic achievement and speech recognition and listening abilities.  Studies have also cited that the use of classroom amplification systems  result in improved classroom environment as evidenced by increased student attention, fewer distractions and increased on-task behavior.


1) To increase student attention and meaningful participation.  2) To improve the classroom environment.  3) To increase academic achievement and speech recognition and listening abilities.   4) To decrease distractions. (This process is to reach all learning styles in the early elementary     classroom.

Activities:  This sound system will used throughout the first grade day in all subject areas.


How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

We will compare our reading scores (Rigby and DIBELS)and standardized scores (GRADE and GMADE) from the past 3 years to the progress made this year.  This will encompass our entire first grade student body. Data will be collected as evidenced by increased student attention, less need to repeat directions/instruction, decreased distraction, resulting in a more balanced classroom environment (i.e. level the learning field for all and taking into account different learning styles and abilities).


Benefit to the students and the school

As cited by the ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association), neurologically, children’s auditory systems are not mature until they reach 13-15 years of age. Younger children need a quieter setting and a louder signal to develop phonemic awareness. Piloted studies of elementary schools around the country have shown increased student achievement in reading and standardized tests scores in first grade classrooms.  Several other studies cite that significant improvement in student attentiveness, listening and comprehension skills.  Students have been shown to be twice as likely to make high level literacy gains.  In addition, amplified classroom studies have shown a more significant growth and change in listening behaviors at a faster rate than un-amplified classrooms.  Teachers have cited there is increased participation and productivity and more on-task behaviors.  Many school districts throughout the country have seen such positive results that they have phased a system into their new classrooms and schools.


Budget (Please detail how funding will be used. Itemize as appropriate.)

ITEM:  NASCO CATALOG   SN30820C.…4 items x 109.00 each, which is 436.00 plus tax, 26.16 which totals $462.16


Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable.)

Timeline will begin as soon as we are able to purchase the 4 items and use the amplification systems in all our first grade classrooms. We will collect data and standardized test scores throughout this school year 2013-2014.