Reading Foundations 2: Emergent 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 – 1st and 2nd grade students, 3rd graders welcome.
This class will include both caregiver and child. We will meet once per week for 1 hour. I will introduce two to three new phonogram 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.
● 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 included in the purchase of the course.
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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