Sound-Fonts for a Computer Keyboard

Either drag the JPEG image below to your Desktop

Or, click on the Keyboard Template link below to download a PDF copy

Letters and numbers below the sound pictures indicate the position of the downloaded fonts on the keyboard


(The name of the font when downloaded)

Font files are available for both Mac and PC computers. Clicking on the appropriate link automatically downloads a zip file to your desktop. The folder will contain both TTF and OTF files. Either should work on your computer. If you can't decide, then choose OTF. Install the font the way you would install any other new font on your computer. Use your computer or word processor's help system for specific instructions if necessary. The Keyboard Template shows where the installed sound-stamps are located on your keyboard. The fonts can be any size you wish just like any other font. Font size 36 is a good choice for testing the fonts, since typing every key in each row on your computer's keyboard and hitting Return at each row's end should show you every sound-stamp in the same order the sounds appear on the Keyboard Template.

Note: The stamp appears after the stamp in the chart above, however its "/" keyboard symbol sometimes appears in a different row on different keyboards. Wherever the "/ " appears is where the stamp can be found. Typing the apostrophe ( ' ) will simply type an apostrophy ( ' ).


Instructions for Making Stamps

While downloading the sounds as a font for use on your computer may be helpful, the actual Reading Program kit contains three sets of 44 sound-stamps. No sets of stamps are currently available for sale. However, if you wish to have sets of stamps made for home or classroom use, the fonts themselves are already in the "camera-ready artwork" form required for manufacturing rubber stamps. To have a set or sets of stamps made, simply print one of each of the sounds onto a sheet of white paper and take the paper to a stamp-maker. A link to a PDF sample Stamp-Making template is included next to the Keyboard Template link above, in case you cannot load the sounds-font to your computer. Stamp-makers can be found through a Google search of the phrase "rubber stamps". The font size used to produce the sets of stamps that are included in the Reading Program kit is 72 - which is equivalent to one inch. You may use this font size, or any size that suits your needs. To keep your costs to a minimum, you can have a single sheet of rubber stamps produced from the one sheet of paper and then cut and mount the separate sound-stamps onto pieces of wood.

Permission is granted for producing as many sets of stamps as you need for your teaching purposes. Stamps thus produced may not be marketed for resale.