Here in the Reading Lab, we help struggling readers learn good reading habits. Through Phonemic Awareness, Phonics work, Vocabulary building, Fluency practice and Comprehension work, our students build their reading skills.
What is Phonemic Awareness?Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words. Before children learn to read print, they need to become aware of how the sounds in words work. Separating the word "cat" into the three sounds that make up the word (c-a-t) is an example of phonemic awareness.
Phonics?Phonics is the connection between letter symbols and sounds. Without an understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds, reading cannot occur.
Vocabulary!A reader cannot understand a text without knowing what most of the words mean. Students learn the meanings of most words through everyday experiences with oral and written language. Other words are learned through carefully designed instruction.
What is Reading FLUENCY?Reading fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and good expression. We want to be able to read at a good pace, with the correct words, and with feeling so that our listeners know what the story is about!
What is Comprehension?Comprehension is the understanding and interpretation of what is read. To be able to accurately understand written material, children need to be able to:
- decode what they read
- make connections between what they read and what they already know
- think deeply about what they have read