Program

The program design supports the five essential components of reading identified by the National Reading Panel. It dynamically intertwines neuroscience, modern technology, and targeted reading instruction. Each two hour session addresses the following literacy domains to enhance reading proficiency.











Oral Language
Spoken aspect of language that can be heard, interpreted, and understood. Oral language is a complex system made up of four components: phonological, semantic, syntactic, and pragmatics.
Phonemic Awareness
Phonemes, the smallest unit of spoken language, combine to form syllables and words. Phonemic awareness refers to the student’s ability to focus on and manipulate these phonemes in spoken words. It is the understanding of how print and speech are connected. According to the National Reading Panel, teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading ability and provides the foundation for learning to read.
Phonics
Phonics is the relationship between letters or word families, short vowels, long vowels, and letter combinations and the sounds they represent. As determined by National Reading Panel, phonics instruction helps early elementary students develop proficiency in decoding, spelling, and understanding words.
Fluency
Fluency is the ability to read as well as we speak and to make sense of the text without having to stop and decode each word. The National Reading Panel’s research findings concluded that guided, repeated oral reading significantly improves word recognition, reading fluency, and comprehension in students of all ages.
Vocabulary
Vocabulary development is closely connected to comprehension. According to the National Reading Panel, students need to hear, read, understand, and use new vocabulary words in various contexts to build their comprehension levels.
Comprehension
Comprehension is the level of content understanding a student has after reading a passage. The National Reading Panel determined that young readers develop text comprehension through a variety of techniques.
Written Language
The act of writing is to convey meaning. Writing includes handwriting, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, language structure, and semantics.

Reference Source:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2000). 
"Children at risk for reading failure acquire reading skills more slowly than other children, but they must acquire the same set of skills to become good readers."
- Foorman and Torgesen
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