Early Literacy

Effective early intervention can change the path of a child's journey to literacy.  Early Literacy Intervention is founded on the principal that the first few years of elementary school are a crucial time for developing literacy skills and that focussed intervention should be provided so students can achieve grade level reading by the end of grade two.  The resource that we use for our Early Literacy Intervention program is the Fountas & Pinnell Levelled Literacy Intervention System.  This program will be complemented by the Linda Mood "LIPS" method and the "Lively Letters" program, both of which are designed to increase phonemic awareness, or the ability to recognize and manipulate sounds.

Students will work with me (Mrs. Saunders) in small groups for short, focused sessions three times a week to supplement the work they are doing during Daily Five rounds in the classroom and at home.  I will also send home a copy of the book we read each week and a bag of "Words Their Way" word work activities to be part of their home reading program.  Parental support and guidance in completing home reading each week is crucial and much appreciated!

Students will be assessed on a regular basis upon entering and the program and enrolment will be fluid with students exiting the program when they reach certain benchmarks or remaining in the program if additional support is needed.  The Early Literacy program usually targets grade twos and threes at the beginning of the year and integrates grade one and Kindergarten students as the year progresses.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's learning needs, please feel free to contact me at asaunders@rockyview.ab.ca or at the school at 403-936-6141, ext. 6663 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.

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