Connecting to the classroom and home are integral to the success of any student. Fast ForWord is one part of a complex intervention program. This area will house information and conversations on bridging the classroom and home. Please consider adding to our global learning here. (*All new posts will be filed under Classroom Connections (Categories – left navigation bar).
Phonological awareness, word analysis, vocabulary building are skills needed for successful reading adventures. The use of ‘word study’, a process where individuals actively seek to discover patterns in large groups of words allows for multiple avenues of accessing the brain. Hands-on activities provide kinaesthetic and visual opportunities, while pattern discoveries offer practice in analytic and evaluative skills. Group work also supports both interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences as students attempt to justify and clarify their reasoning. These skills extend to other areas of curricula (science, socials, numeracy). Words Their Way by Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton and Johnston offers a structured framework to build word knowledge. If you are already using this to support your students, consider how you might partner with classroom teachers to get the most out of it. If you are not using it, you may wish to consider how this program marries well with Fast ForWord. You may also wish to access support from our Literacy Program Consultant or click here for website.
As all of our schools have access to Kidspiration/Inspiration, you may consider using the software for another way to gain word sorting practice. This works great if you have access to an interactive projector, as a class work station approach or in a lab setting with the entire class. Please contact me or the Literacy Program Consultant for more information.
Raz-Kids Program focuses on developing the skills of reading fluency and comprehension through oral reading recorded practice in an online environment. Hundreds of animated ebooks (fiction/non-fiction) ranging over 27 levels of difficulty offer many opportunities to personalize entry points for each student to increase confidence in reading and develop comprehension skills. The program includes progress monitoring to assess fluency and comprehension skill development. [*Please email me if you are interested.]