Our Reading Intervention program is comprised of twice weekly, 45-minute sessions (during the school day) with a low 4:1 (or lower) student to interventionist ratio. Students are leveled and grouped according to a comprehensive pre-assessment. The program is based upon the 5 components of reading as determined by the National Reading Panel:
- Phonemic Awareness
PHONEMIC AWARENESS AND PHONICS:
Skills taught include rhyming, recognizing and identifying sounds in words as well as segmenting and blending sounds into words. Students are also taught that letters represent phonemes, that, when blended together, form written words.
Reading interventionists model reading to students and build fluency through repeated reading of familiar books. Vocabulary is developed through the introduction and exploration of new books. Comprehension skills are built through discussion of books that promote understanding.
ALPHABET KNOWLEDGE & CONCEPTS OF PRINT:
Naming, recognition, and writing of upper and lowercase letters, as well as sorting vowels and consonants. Concepts of Print instruction includes components of a book, directionality of print, correlation of pictures to print, distinction between letters, words and sentences, as well as punctuation.
A pre-assessment provides a baseline from which to measure progress and build lessons. Mid-year results, in conjunction with ongoing monitoring of student progress, are used to drive lesson planning and develop instructional strategies. Post-testing in April measures students’ progress and program success.
WHAT SETS OUR READING INTERVENTION PROGRAM APART FROM OTHER TUTORING PROGRAMS?
- Tailored to meet the needs of each student: Ongoing evaluation is used to create lessons for individualized learning, as well as to strategically group students in order to accelerate progress. Meetings are held with teachers and school administration to discuss progress and identify additional assistance that may be needed for specific students.
- Low student to tutor ratio: We always maintain a very low 4:1 student (or lower) to intervention ratio. This low ratio provides the students with individualized intervention and also allows the interventionists to develop a meaningful relationship with each child.
- Cost effective: We work very hard to keep our costs reasonable for schools. The portion that a school pays towards the program depends upon the needs and funds available at each school campus, as well as the number of students to be served and the length of the program. Our typical program consists of 23 weeks of instruction and serves 48 students at a direct cost of approximately $1,000/student.
- Partners: We go beyond the classroom by supporting literacy development at home through our Parent Partnership programs. Monthly newsletters encourage literacy activities at home. Students choose age-appropriate books throughout the program to help build their home libraries and also receive books and materials at the end of the program to help reduce the Summer Slide. Two workshops are held where parents meet with interventionists and receive materials, support and additional skills to foster their child’s literacy development and expand learning at home.