Reading Foundations 1: Beginning Readers
Enrollment and Placement
To help ensure that students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires many students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. A placement assessment will be required in the following situations:
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Scholé Academy Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student.
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course.
- Withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- On May 1 and before July 31 withdrawals are granted a full tuition refund less the $75 deposit.
- On August 1 and before the drop/add deadline, withdrawals are granted a ½ tuition refund
View our full assessment policies and enrollment and withdrawal policies in the Student-Parent Handbook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Watercolor paint
- Card stock or thin cardboard
- Printer paper
- Child-appropriate scissors
- 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.
Instructor Information Coming Soon!
Computer: 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.
High-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.
Headset: 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
Zoom: 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. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Registration is finalized when the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
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This registration will be finalized when the student's placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.