Word recognition and fluency skills are addressed through the utilization of research-based programs individualized to meet the needs of each child. These programs include, but are not limited to, the Wilson Reading System®, RAVE-O, and Read Naturally®. These programs ensure that students develop decoding and encoding skills and build their fluency. Students in Grades 4 and 5 have at least one 50-minute block focused on word recognition skills per day. Our youngest students have extended class time to ensure mastery of foundational reading skills.
In Reading Comprehension classes, language skills, including building background knowledge, vocabulary, sentence comprehension, and verbal reasoning, are explicitly taught and are woven throughout the curriculum. Students are engaged in a reading comprehension period for at least one 50-minute block per day.