Reading & Spelling  Programs- English Literacy Services for Individuals

Teachers and parents can best serve a student’s literacy needs when they treat him or her as a unique individual, rather than as a test score or a grade-level average. The reading abilities of young people in the same grade at school can vary just as much as their shoe sizes. Each student brings different skills, background, and motivation to the act of reading. The student and task considerations are something teachers must evaluate. Miss Joy’s  e-Learning programs with  personalized instruction support focus on the most needed literacy  skills – and task considerations that affect individual students.

 

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Virtual Learning Instruction is delivered outside of the traditional classroom providing  e-learning, technology-assisted learning tools online. Some courses require direct instruction with the teacher in addition to online learning, also known as a blended learning approach or experience for students.

Personalized  Virtual Learning- Online

1. Toefl Junior® Standard Test Prep ELC Blending Learning Course

My Reading Mentor offers the TOEFL Junior® Standard English Learning Center(ELC)  Course by  Educational Testing Service ( ETS) and facilitates exam registration for the TOEFL Junior Standard exam. The TOEFL Junior® test is a reliable measure of  English-language proficiency for students ages 11-15.  All curriculum and teaching is delivered via a digital platform with both  face-to-face sessions with the teacher and independent study, self-paced online learning.   The program includes 8 theme-based units with approximately 20 hours of online learning material and cover learning objectives common to a wide range of learning curricula.

2. Online Touch Type Read and Spell Course

Touch Type-Read and Spell( TTRS) is a multi-sensory course that teaches touch-typing, reading and spelling at the same time.  TTRS is an  online structured English literacy development course that helps to develop skills in reading, writing, spelling and literacy taught through the medium of touch-typing. The curriculum follows the *Alpha to Omega* phonics program designed for students that benefit from structured literacy instruction that is  both systematic and cumulative.  Although TTRS can be used as a stand-alone typing course, it is most effective for English Language Learners when it is also used as an instructional tool to learn and practice English phonics.

3. Web-based online Guided Reading Program with Raz-Kids

Each child learns in a different way and at a different rate; however, grade-leveling methods commonly are used to match students with books. A Lexile text measure is based on the semantic and syntactic elements of a text.

Grade Level Raz Correlation chart including Lexile: –raz_correlation_chart

Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about a student’s reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an “L” after it — 880L is 880 Lexile. Lexile measures are not directly tied to grade levels. Children at the same grade level may have very different reading abilities. Knowing your child’s Lexile measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process.  CLICK:   Lexile Grade Level Conversion Chart

Raz-Kid’s leveling criteria are designed to accurately and reliably measure text complexity to support differentiated instruction.  The American Standards call for an evaluation of student reading materials in two areas of text complexity:

1. Qualitative measures- are text attributes including:

  • Predictability of text
  • Text structure and organization
  • Illustration support
  • Info-graphics
  • Knowledge demands

2. Quantitative measures- are statistical measurements of text including:

  • Total word count
  • Number of different words
  • Number of high frequency words
  • Number of low frequency words
  • Sentence length
  • Sentence complexity

IPADS

QUESTION: “How do I enable the microphone settings for RAZ on my Ipad?”

ANSWER: On the iPad, you needed to go to settings -> general -> restrictions and from there you needed to enable restrictions and scroll down to microphone and turn it on for the raz kids app.

Direct Instruction- Face to Face Sessions

Miss Joy creates an instructional learning plan for diverse language learners which includes an appropriate reading/writing  program and learning approach based on the results of: specific diagnostic and formative assessments,review of  lexile scores, study habits, family goals and reading course(s) in school. Parents can schedule an appointment to discuss customized learning plans. Contact Miss Joy for more information.

1. Remedial Reading Instruction

Orton-Gillingham( O.G.)  is a Structured Literacy Instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique.  Instruction hones in on word-identification skills and strategies.

When words cannot be read accurately from memory as sight words, they must be analyzed, therefore structured literacy instruction normally  develops students word-identification skills.  Lots of practice with word-identification strategies:  decoding and the use of  analogy to figure out unknown words. Decoding is a  process where the reader learns to blend sounds to form words from their parts. This can take place by blending individual phonemes (beginning decoding) or phonograms (a more advanced form of decoding). In order to accurately decode words, readers need to be able to accurately:

  • identify the sounds represented by the letters or letter combinations
  •  blend phonemes,
  • read phonograms (common patterns across words)
  • use both letter–sound and meaning cues to determine exactly the pronunciation and meaning of the word that is in the text (e.g., knowing how to correctly pronounce bow in two different sentences: ” The man had a bow tie around his neck.”  and “Stand up, little boy,  and bow to the Queen.”

Instruction in all of these subprocesses is necessary for the first part of reading fluency: accurate word identification.

EFFECTIVE READING INSTRUCTION:

  • PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS
  • MULTISENSORY/STRUCTURED PROCEDURES FOR INTRODUCING SOUNDS AND RULE
  • MULTISENSORY PROCEDURES FOR TEACHING DECODING AND SPELLING
  • NURTURING ORAL EXPRESSION SKILLS
  • DEVELOPING ORAL AND WRITING VOCABULARY
  • MULTI-SENSORY GRAMMAR

     For a downloadable PDF in Spanish, click here.

    For a downloadable PDF in English, click here.  

2. Sentence Writing Instruction

The Framing Your Thoughts Sentence Structure program is a sequential and systematic method, designed to help students construct and design thoughtful and creative sentences, using direct multi-sensory skill instruction  to develop the basic skills of writing.  Sentence structure is presented in a sequential order beginning with a barebones sentence (simple subject and simple predicate) and moves to complex sentences.  Activities center on eight graphic symbols that explain sentence structure in a concrete manner.

 These activities evolve sequentially from simple to complex sentence-building.

Miss Joy’s Reading  Resources 

 

3. Six Traits Writing Instruction

The Six Traits writing model is a system that was created in order to provide students with the skills they need to produce quality work. This system is based upon six traits that teachers use to give their students comprehensive instruction and feedback.  The six traits writing model consists of the following traits:

  1. Content and Ideas
  2. Organization
  3. Voice
  4. Word Choice
  5. Sentence Fluency
  6. Conventions

ENGLISH definitions of the Six Traits or CLICK for Español

The Six Traits student workbooks published by Evan-Moor  provide mini-lessons divided into five units. Each unit provides five weeks of scaffold instruction focused on one of the above traits. Depending on the students writing ability, units will be taught in consecutive order, or modified accordingly within the unit. Weekly skills are addressed within the primary trait, as well as one convention skill. The weeks follow a consistent format, making the Daily 6-Trait student workbook easy to use.

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“REMEMBER, THE MORE YOU READ, THE BETTER READER YOU WILL BECOME”

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