Reading Help & Enrichment for ages 3-7 years
Offered by the Bozeman Community Teaching Center as a Community Service Initiative
Do you want your child to have effective, age appropriate early reading instruction?
Will your child benefit from extra help with the fundamentals of alphabet knowledge and decoding?
Do you want your child to accelerate into early reading mastery?
The Royal Road to Reading Program may be a perfect fit for your child.
Contact an early reading specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Instruction Program Summary
Reading Success Involves the Understanding and Use of the Alphabetic Principle
Mastery of early reading skills depends largely on the child’s understanding and application of the alphabetic principle at the letter level as well as at the word level. The alphabetic principle requires the child to understand how symbols (letters) are used to represent the speech sounds of English (phonemes). This is dependent on the child’s ability to perceive sounds in spoken language (phonemic awareness).
Utilize the Child’s Phonemic Awareness
Phonemic awareness is the foundation of automatic, fluent letter recognition and word identification (decoding) and ultimately of reading fluency and comprehension. Therefore the activities we present to beginning and struggling readers must involve the child’s phonemic awareness. We must elicit it, observe it and recognize how the phonemic awareness portion of the task is being performed, whether easily or haltingly. Phonemic awareness must not only be tested; it is something we must observe with each reading, writing or spelling task the child is asked to perform.
Teach the Alphabet Correctly
Most alphabet knowledge is taught through song,movement, group instruction, etc. That is, it is taught primarily by targeting the child’s memory instead of his understanding. But to appreciate the alphabetic significance of letters, the child must gain conscious access to phonemes. When he has access to phonemes (i.e. beginning sound isolation), he is able to make his own connections between sound and symbol. For example, if a child isolates the beginning sound of the word GOAT, he can easily be shown that the written symbol (“g“)* next to the picture of the goat represents the sound /g/. And he can soon identify the sound of any letter that is placed beneath or next to a picture. *[A letter enclosed by this symbol (//) indicates a phonetic sound, not a letter name. /d/ represents the sound made by the letter “D” in DOG.]
- Beginning Sound Isolation
- Introduction to the Alphabetic Principle
- Letter Mastery
- Fluency = Accuracy + Speed
- Letter Recognition Activities
- Blending and Segmenting of 3 Phonemes
- Phoneme Segmentation
- 3-Letter Word Building (Introduction to Reading Part I)
- Word Encoding
- 3-Letter Word Cards (Introduction to Reading Part II)
- More Decoding Activities
- Blending and Segmenting of 4 Sounds
- 4-Letter Short Vowel Word Building
- Word Identification
- Foundations of Decoding
Contact an early reading specialist at email@example.com for more information about this community service program and to schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s reading needs.