Hey everyone! If you have found this blog post, then you probably know a little bit about the big controversy in how schools have been teaching reading. You probably even have a child or student who is having trouble learning to read. The bright spot of all the research on reading is that if a child is struggling to learn to read, there is likely something wrong with the way they are being taught, not the child.
The Learning to Read Program
This Learning to Read program is designed for those kids who need explicit and systematic reading instruction. The best part about it is that the instruction is designed to be given by any fluent reader. There is absolutely no guessing or assumed knowledge in this program. Everything is explicit, and if you ever have a question, let us know. We will make sure it is addressed!
This page lays out the scope and sequence. A scope and sequence is teacher-talk for what to teach and when to teach it. There isn’t one right scope and sequence for teaching reading. However, working with one scope and sequence will ensure that students don’t come across unknown sound patterns before they are reading. Also, the scope and sequences for reading and writing will be a little bit different. In this scope and sequence, we teach all of the letter patterns that make the same sounds at the same time. This would be so confusing for learning spelling, but it works for reading. This program also gets kids to read real words as quickly as possible. Students will be able to start reading words after the third lesson. Each time they learn a new letter sound, they will be able to read even more words!
I realize that not all of these sounds are counted in the 44 phonemes in English, but I think it is helpful to group sounds this way. I also realize that we all have different accents that make some sounds slightly different. The important thing about learning how to read is mapping sounds and letters. It is okay if you say something slightly differently than I do – I have also been accused of having an accent.
Enjoy our Learning to Read Scope and Sequence!