Gina Wyman


Phonics First

     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:

     *Picture walk

     *Make predictions

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.



--The following link will give you access to the Title I brochure.




Phone:   419-927-2595  EXT. 1114
     Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools.  Through Title I, money is given to school districts around the country based on the number of low-income families in each district.  Low-income students are those that qualify for free or reduced lunches.  
     The focus of the Title I program is helping all students meet the same high standards expected of all children.
     In the beginning of the year every student takes an online test called iReady.  If a student does not hit the target score for the fall they will be offered Title I services.  They will also be put on a RIMP (Reading Improvement Plan).  Students' progress and interventions will be communicated to the parents through this plan on a monthly basis. 
Helpful Reading Links 
Starfall :
Spelling City: 
Storyline Online
Professor Garfield:
You can learn a little more about the Title I program by clicking the link below.  
View text-based website