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Reading Foundations 1: Beginning Readers

Reading is a fundamental skill that is foundational to all areas of learning. Neurologically appropriate, developmental activities to help our students be ready to read and write are also extremely important but often left out of the “learning to read” plans. caregivers are often uncertain if the reading program they are using is enough or the right fit. Please join me for a weekly, Mommy-and-me style class where I will teach your student the fundamentals of reading while teaching you the developmental activities that you can use at home to help them move smoothly from learning to read into reading for learning and enjoyment. After each class, you will be empowered to lead your student in beginning reading exercises at home during the week.

Appropriate for – Kindergarten (pre-K welcome) students who are learning letter sounds and beginning reading skills.

Overview
This class will include both caregiver and child. We will meet once per week for 1 hour. I will introduce one to two new letter sounds during class, give developmentally
appropriate instruction in letter formation, grasp, posture, sound discrimination and more. I will include developmental activities in class that the caregiver will be able to
reproduce at home. I will also include a list of activities for the caregiver to utilize over the course of the week as they work to build their child’s reading and motor skills.
Caregivers will document their implementation of the activities and upload these, along with their reflections to the class Schoology page. We will discuss these in class.
Approximately the first half of class will be devoted to instructing the students while the caregiver sits close by. Once the students are dismissed, they may play a quiet game, look at books, color, eat a snack, etc. while I go into greater depth concerning the developmental activities and plans for the week.

Age/ability
This class is appropriate for beginning readers who have no letter sound knowledge or only basic alphabet knowledge. Being able to name the ABCs is appropriate and
encouraged but it is not necessary to be able to read any words. Those who would be considered early readers (can read some 3 letter words) are welcome as well.

Semester One
During the first semester we will progress through the alphabet. I will introduce the phonograms and the rules governing them, spelling rules and skills such as correct
letter formation, rhyming, blending, posture, visual skills and auditory discrimination.

Semester Two
During the second semester, we will reinforce all of the skills learned during the first semester and go deeper into a handful of multi-letter phonograms and spelling rules
that will help students begin to read sentences.

Syllabus

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Course Materials:

  • Wall-mounted white (or chalk) board, craft paper that can be taped to the wall or a standing easel with a white board, chalk board or paper.
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolor paint
  • Card stock or thin cardboard
  • Printer paper
  • Glue
  • Child-appropriate scissors
  • Tweezers
  • 2-inch 3-ring binder
  • Page protectors
  • Dry erase markers, fine-tip
  • Blank index cards
  • 3-subject, wide-ruled, spiral notebook
  • Access to a laminator is recommended but not required

* Course materials are not provided in the purchase of this course. 

Angelique Chaverri holds an MSEd in special education from Missouri State University and a BA in psychology from Southwest Baptist University. Angelique has spent her adult life working to understand the underpinnings of learning. After initial interests in physical therapy and neuropsychology, she found her way into special education. Four years after entering the public school system, Angelique went into private practice. She worked for a year in a learning clinic under a neuropsychologist before starting her own business in 2005. Angelique then began cross-training in various therapy modalities usually used by medically based therapists in hospitals and rehab clinics.
 
For the past 15 years, Angelique has specialized in using standardized assessments to identify the underlying causes of learning difficulties and has designed individualized programs to improve learning while guiding parents and teachers in how to modify the learning environment and instruction to the student’s individual needs. Angelique has provided training for schools, parents, and hospitals. She firmly believes in teaching students to use their strengths to enjoy, not fear, the learning process.
 
Angelique has more than 15 years of experience working with students with all types of learning disabilities, including those who have issues with reading, math, spelling, writing, dyslexia, auditory processing deficits, attention problems, sensory processing deficits, visual processing deficits, and more. Because difficulty in these areas often leads to increased anxiety in the student and can impact family life, tackling these issues in a way that is manageable and hopeful is one of Angelique’s highest priorities.
 
This year, Angelique will celebrate 15 years of marriage to her wonderful husband. She is a homeschooling mom to two fantastic boys. When avoiding housework, Angelique prefers to be outside hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, tending her medicinal herb and veggie gardens, hobby farming, and learning about regenerative agriculture and classical physical education.achaverri.scholeacademy@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

 

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