Comprehensive Reading Instruction
Individualized reading support for every stage of academic growth. Reading is an integral skill for students and provides the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Literacy is sometimes considered a skill that emerges naturally. However, nearly 40% of children have challenges with reading comprehension and learning to read.
TC Reading Programs utilize multidisciplinary techniques and interventions to support readers at every academic level. Carefully selected reading specialists use the interests and learning style of struggling and emerging readers to make steady and substantive progress. From the elementary through the high school level, we set our students on a positive course of intellectual growth and literary development.
With our youngest students, we work on understanding and using language to express ideas and communicate with others. Our program:
- PROMOTES phonological and letter awareness, thereby setting students up for success when confronted with the task of decoding words and identifying various letters and sounds.
- BOLSTERS a struggling reader's performance in letter grades.
- INSTILLS phonemic awareness and word-attack skills through multi-sensory, motor-articulatory awareness and feedback components. In doing so, students learn to be cognizant of the motor-articulation gestures involved in producing speech sounds, thereby supporting the development of decoding and spelling skills.
- INCORPORATES guided, repetitive, and independent practice through systemic, explicit phonics instruction. Students become skilled at using phonemic decoding skills while reading, rather than guessing based on context or word similarity.
- DEVELOPS comprehension skills by improving decoding and reading fluency.
- HELPS STUDENTS BECOME active readers so they feel engaged and retain information long-term.
Students in the middle grades refine their reading skills and develop comprehension of texts from a variety of genres. Our aim is to:
- REFINE word identification by teaching strategies students to quickly and accurately recognize long and difficult words.
- BUILD vocabulary through multi-sensory approaches
- BOLSTER active reading skills to enhance comprehension.
- INTRODUCE supporting strategies for retention of information read (e.g., outlining information as it is read, highlighting, making notes in the margins, etc., to ensure that s/he is actively processing the information as it is read, rather than passively scanning over the text).
- BEGIN the discussion about abstract language and comprehending ideas beyond the literal meaning of the words.
- ENCOURAGE students to become engaged readers as they define their relationship with various texts.
Older students focus on higher-order reading skills as they become experts in learning from reading. Our goals are to:
- HONE high-level skills including analyzing complex texts and learning to make inferences.
- INTRODUCE judgment in reading for critical thinking and expository writing.
- BUILD ON supporting strategies for retention of information read (e.g., outlining information as it is read, highlighting, making notes in the margins, etc., to ensure that s/he is actively processing the information as it is read, rather than passively scanning over the text).
- DEVELOP the ear and eye for literary devices like tone, figurative language, author’s intention, irony, allegory and more.
- ENCOURAGE intentional and focused reading habits that make reading a positive and productive activity in and out of the classroom.