Startup Reading rebalances the resources a teacher employs to deliver reading lessons to the individual student with the appropriate level of personal engagement.
Our approach uses digital reading lessons developed and tested in the classroom and in tutoring sessions to deliver individual reading lessons to the student.
A reading coach oversees the student's assignment, progress, and engagement. The reading coach spends 4-7 minutes with the individual student at the completion of the digital lesson. This reading coach engagement is critical to validating the student's understanding of the lesson and use of the lesson skills to read the content. But the reading coach also provides that essential human connection to the student, developing the student's confidence to read and to progress to more complex content.
The curriculum employs a phonics strategy and is fully aligned with the Science of Reading principles.
The program uses digital reading lessons in a tutoring style format. Each page in the student workbook has a digital lesson explaining a specific reading skill with directions for the student to follow in the examples. The lessons are designed to be presented to a class, a small group, or in a tutoring session.
The curriculum deploys a phonics approach in learning to decode words, aligned with the Science of Reading, by combining the sounds of consonants and vowels to read words followed by phrases and stories.
As a student completes their assigned digital lesson, a reading coach will spend time with the individual student on the following activities:
a) Review the student's completion of notations in the workbook as directed in the lesson.
b) Review the student's understanding of the content and reading skill in the lesson
c) Review the student's comfort in reading the content in the accompanying exercises.
The reading coach acknowledges the student's effort and expresses confidence that the student is making progress in learning to read. A reading coach will develop a mentor relationship with the student, and this individual relationship is a key aspect in successfully implementing the literacy foundation. of the program. We recommend a reading coach can work with 4 to 7 students over a 45-minute to one-hour reading lesson, spending 4-7 minutes with each student.