Course Objectives


1. Teach students to decode written words by mastering all the sounds of each letter and combination of letters in the alphabet.

2. Teach students to recognize and use the rules of phonics to decode words.

3. Teach students to blend the sounds of the letters to pronounce words, and to combine words into sentences.

4. Teach students to master word-attack skills at a level at least appropriate to their grade level, and often exceeding it.

5. Teach students to read standard material proficiently and fluently on their appropriate grade-level, and score at least within the normal range for comprehension.

6. Help students feel successful about reading and all the future blessings reading well can bring.

7. We maintain strict confidentiality with our students and their families -- and with this confidentiality, we encourage adult students to access this program that can change their lives.

Evaluative Materials, Criteria & Teacher Qualifications

The WRAT(R) (Wide Range Achievement Test(R) ) is used to assess students' word-attack skill levels both prior to and after the course. Different versions of the test are used in pre- and post-evaluative exercises. The WRAT corresponds to most other major evaluative instruments on an acceptable level. Other evaluative materials may also be utilized if necessary.

To avoid "teaching the test", words that appear on the WRAT are specifically excluded during the instruction in this course, except when such words are inherently required by the learning process.

Comprehension is measured by the Basic Reading Inventory by Jerry L. Johns. Other evaluative materials may also be utilized if needed.

A process of continual evaluation is built into each lesson to assure adequate reinforcement and familiarity with the rules and real life applications of reading.

Reading Inspiration

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
-- Charles W. Eliot

TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book.
-- Author Unknown

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
-- Mortimer J. Adler

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
-- W. Fusselman

The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
-- Elizabeth Hardwick

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
-- Dr. Seuss