Our Title I reading instruction will be run through the Phonics First program. Phonics First was developed by Brainspring as a unique approach to teaching beginning readers of any age who struggle with reading. The program, rooted in the Orton-Gillingham methodology, teaches students systematic processes for decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling). The teaching process incorporates scientifically research-based learning strategies effective for instructing students who are at-risk for reading difficulties. Phonics First is a mulitsensory systematic, structured, sequential, phonics-based, direct-instruction teaching system. At-risk and learning disabled students who use the Phonics First system make signifiant gains in reading and spelling while building a lifelong understanding of the structure of language.
Keys to Reading Success For Young Readers
1. Make reading together enjoyable (a comfortable place away from distractions).
2. Consider child’s interests, past experiences, and child’s reading level (don’t count minor errors).
3. Introduce books in relaxed conversations:
4. Encourage reader with specific praise.
5. Help maintain the meaning of the story.
6. Read together on a consistent basis.
7. Read your child’s favorite book over and over again.
8. Discuss new words
9. Read from a variety of children’s books, including fairy tales, song books, poems, and informational books.