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Rabia Anne SandageBy Rabia Anne Sandage
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Rabia Anne SandageBy Rabia Anne Sandage
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About

Whisper & Buzz: What Your Voice Does

What is it? 

  • an illustrated children's book introducing speech sound awareness, a prerequisite skill for learning the ABCs 
  • human speech sounds organized by how they feel   
  • child’s version of the International Phonetic Alphabet 

What does Whisper & Buzz do? 

  • prepares children for accessing the ABCs
  • builds early literacy from spoken sound to written sound 
  • guides development of speech sound awareness (phonemic awareness)
  • cultivates self-talk skills required for reading and spelling
  • provides a tactile point of orientation to later connect to abstract letter shapes 
Each of the 20 pages includes illustration, story sentence, sound blocks, and guiding question.
Each of the 20 pages includes illustration, story sentence, sound blocks, and guiding question.

 Who needs Whisper & Buzz?

  • every child ages 3-8+ 
  •  PreK-12 educators and teacher training program leaders 
  •  Students with dyslexia - require extra, direct guidance developing and applying all aspects of phonemic awareness to bridge the wide gap between their speech skills and their print skills; begin with Whisper & Buzz 

Why does the world need Whisper & Buzz?

  • fills an early literacy knowledge and practice gap in homes and schools
  • facilitates essential, foundational skill development for all beginning readers 
  •  critical for students with dyslexic learning profiles 

What are the funds for?

  • illustration 8% 
  •  ISBN 1% 
  •  graphic design 27% 
  •  production 21% 
  •  packing and shipping 21% 
  •  Kickstarter fees 10% 
  •  Buffer 12% 
Speech sounds are grouped by how they feel.
Speech sounds are grouped by how they feel.

How will shipping work?

  • We plan to start shipping Whisper & Buzz to you in March 2018. Kickstarter will add the cost of shipping to your pledge based on where you live.
  • International shipping: In some countries, customs duties may be applied to print shipments. This is unpredictable and unavoidable. If you are an international sponsor and receive a tracking number when we ship, track your package to make sure it doesn’t get hung up in the system and returned. 

Will you tell us more?

  • In teaching literacy skills for over 15 years in a 1:1 setting with beginning readers of all ages, I’ve experienced over and over again, this knowledge gap that limits all beginning readers and snuffs out learning potential for students with processing issues like dyslexia 
  •  ABC materials are prevalent and accessible to schools and families, but teachers and families have limited knowledge of phonemic awareness because the materials are not commonplace 
  •  Before beginning readers can make meaning of the ABCs as letters that code our language on paper, they need to extend their understanding of how spoken words work 
  •  To a non-reader, A is not for apple; A is for acorn. We can hear the sound, /a/ in acorn 
  •  To a non-reader, the shape of a letter like M is meaningless, but the spoken word, mom, is meaningful, and most importantly, the beginning reader can discover how, when she says, /m/, air is coming out of her nose, not her mouth. What fun! 
Consonant pairs feel similar, but one is voiced and the other is voiceless
Consonant pairs feel similar, but one is voiced and the other is voiceless

Please put your work in historical context.

  • Humans create speech sounds according to an anatomical system of place, manner, and voicing. Linguists, clinicians, and speech pathologists use this knowledge expressed in the International Phonetic Alphabet (established circa 1889) 
  •  In 1864, Alexander Melville Bell, Graham’s father, designed a Visual Speech chart for the deaf; the symbols indicated the feeling, placement, and movement of lips, tongue, teeth, and jaw for each speech sound 
  •  You, your children, and babies across the globe discover this speech system through play and babbling. Between ages 3-8+, children can use Whisper & Buzz to revisit their oral language in preparation for accessing the alphabet

Risks and challenges

The risk factor for this project is low. A full draft of the book is complete and ready for finalization. However, if there is a hold-up with printing and production, it could impact the deadline of early Spring 2018.

Josh (my brother and graphic designer) and I successfully completed a similar project last year and have given ourselves ample time to finalize Whisper & Buzz thoughtfully, staying ahead of potential snags.

I will keep backers updated, so you will be aware of the victories and challenges throughout the finalization process.

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    Your kind contribution allows me to distribute 3 copies of Whisper & Buzz to educational institutions and families in need. Each copy of the book will recognize you on the bookplate as making this book and gift possible.

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    Your donation sponsors Rabia Anne’s visit to an area preschool/elementary classroom in 2018 where she engages the children and teachers with Whisper & Buzz and accompanying activities. The class keeps five copies of the book. After the visit, she sends you anecdotes and photos of the literacy experience you made possible.

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    We thank you for your generous contribution by recognizing you as a literacy leader on the acknowledgement page of Whisper & Buzz, send you 10 copies, and never forget you and your major contribution to literacy learning.

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