An Overview of Our Reading Programs
Our reading programs begin with Phonemic Awareness: Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate individual phonemes; also known as the smallest sound a letter makes. By focusing on letter shapes and sounds, new readers are able to easily and confidently transition through the reading stages. Our multisensory approach to teaching early reading skills makes learning to read fun and easy.
Once Phonemic Awareness has been mastered, the next step is mastering decoding/phonics skills as well as learning pertinent sight words. Our comprehensive approach to teaching phonics focuses on visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities that help your child quickly master phonetic skills. Students practice reading aloud during every lesson. As their reading skills improve, their confidence improves.
If your child is an emerging reader or has already mastered the act of reading, it is now time to focus on Reading Comprehension. Some students read fast but do not comprehend what they just read; therefore, both understanding and retention suffer.
The ability to comprehend what has just been read is the #1 most important skill a student can master because it increases performance in every other academic subject on a permanent basis.
Our reading programs help students master the six core comprehension skills: Understanding the Main Idea, Recalling Facts, Vocabulary in Context, Identifying Inferences, Sequencing, and Drawing Conclusions. Once these skills are mastered, your child is ready to work independently and with confidence to reach his/her fullest potential.