Our beginning reading instructional model is simple and easy to learn. The general structure of the model is made from the following components:
- Program Selection – The success rate will only be good as the program used. A simple, systematic, efficient, and low-cost program is essential. This is why we use the ABeCeDarian reading program.
- Teach a Group – Working in a group has proven unexpectedly successful for our students. They enjoy working together, they help each other learn, and together heal from the negative feelings associated with not being able to read.
- Structure of Class – Breaking the class up by approaching learning in multiple ways such as decoding instruction, contextualized reading, and word games is very beneficial. It allows the instructor to free the students from the monotony of straight intensive tutoring and also gives the students a variety of ways to practice their developing skills. Class Structure Handout (PDF)
- Measuring Progress – This starts with assessing new students in order to gauge their reading abilities and place them in the decoding program. Measuring progress has been an ongoing problem as the TABE is too difficult to measure gains at the beginning levels. We are exploring more meaningful ways of measuring progress at beginning reading levels.
Below is a link to a short video explaining the model structure in more detail. In our ‘Videos’ section to the right is a longer video (4 parts) with an in-depth explanation of the model and how it’s applied at a West Philadelphia learning site. This version will show some of the materials we use and testimonials from the students.
General Model Structure (Video)
We hope you may want to set up a beginning reading program where you are. If so, here is a detailed description of what we suggest to help you get started: