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PASS Leads to Reading

PASS - A Phonological Awareness Program

Play-based, well researched, all inclusive

PASS leads to reading! It is the first-ever, research-based, phonological awareness program for preschoolers that extends to early elementary-aged children. It is aligned to state and national standards, including the common core.

Goldie the Dog is the program mascot - she makes it all really fun! Goldie is an engaging puppy hand-puppet that will motivate your young students to rhyme, segment and blend syllables, and segment and blend phonemes—the phonological awareness skills that lead to early literacy skills.

Six distinct research studies have demonstrated that direct instruction using PASS—which includes 3 units and 76 lessons of instruction—has a significant positive effect on children’s development of phonological awareness skills. PASS explicitly addresses national Head Start and state Preschool Learning Fundamentals outcomes in the areas of Language and Literacy and supports development in outcomes for Social and Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Creative Arts Expression, and Physical Development and Health.

ISBN: 1-57861-781-2

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  • 3 units of instruction: Rhyming, Blending, and Segmentation
  • 76 lessons within a clearly constructed scope and sequence to ensure phonological awareness success for children
  • Aligns to state and national standards, including the common core Standards for English Language Arts
  • 9 popular storybooks linked to the curriculum
  • Suggestions for modeling and effective instructional feedback
  • Criterion-based assessment to monitor progress (that aligns with Response-to-Intervention—RTI—programs)

Three spiralbound Teacher’s Guides: Rhyming, 62 pages, Blending, 70 pages, Segmentation, 120 pgs., spiralbound Student Flip Book, 288 pages, spiralbound Implementation Guide, 90 pages, Goldie the puppy puppet, 9 storybooks, 7 game boards with game pieces, 380 game cards, miscellaneous manipulative materials based on a puppy theme.

Written by Froma Roth, PhD, CCC-SLP, Colleen Worthington, MS, CCC-SLP and Gary Troia, PhD, CCC-SLP. Includes PDF on Win/Mac CD with a Classroom License for printouts, 2012.


Reviews / Testimonials

“PASS is working very well for us. We highly recommend it as a great intervention tool!”
Dr. Sarah Marriott
Elementary School Principal/Director of Special Education
Slater School District
Slater, MO

"After using PASS, our rhyming scores went way up on the PALS assessment!"
Amy Minter
Little Red Preschool

"Our current curriculum is all play based. PASS fits right in because it is also play based and dives more deeply into the skills that lead to reading including segmenting, rhyming and blending. PASS is good blend between play and structure -- no worksheets, the games are great, and I can easily change out games to go along with the 'letter of the week.' Everything is there for you!"
Amy Minter
Little Red Preschool


The evidence basis for PASS comes from 6 studies which are each described in the PASS Research PDF document. The primary purpose of the first two studies was to determine the efficacy of PASS for preschool children with speech and language impairments. The third study was designed as an exploratory investigation to examine the long-term benefits of PASS on children’s literacy development. The aim of the fourth and fifth studies was to ascertain the effectiveness of PASS as a Tier 2 instructional program within a response-to-intervention (RTI) educational model for at-risk 3- and 4-year old children. The sixth study was a pilot investigation to determine the effectiveness of PASS for preschool children who are English-language learners (ELLs). For all studies, PASS instruction was implemented in conjunction with systematic training in the alphabetic principle.