Literacy Bridge

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. 

kidspirationAs 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.

Epic – Books for Kids (free for Educators) 

Create individualized reading practice for K-6 students. Register using your sd41 email and gain a teacher dashboard that you can personalize reading selections to support reading practices. Choose from a library of fiction/non-fiction/audiobooks. YES there is an app for the ipad. 
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2 thoughts on “Literacy Bridge

  1. “If you are already using this [WTW] to support your students, consider how you might partner with classroom teachers to get the most out of it.”
    Q: Are there examples of teachers in (or out of) the district that successfully partner up with other classrooms that might be willing to share their story/success?

  2. We are in the beginning steps of this and this year will hopefully allow those who started the program last year to move forward to deepening the structures and processes bridging the classroom teacher and learning support. Our meetings throughout the year are created to share, reflect and dive into next steps. I hope that this is the area where we can document some of those journeys and collectively learn from each other. This is going to be an exciting year.

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