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Lil’ Reading Scientists’TM Curriculum

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The Lil’ Reading Scientists’ Literacy Solutions TM curriculum was created with the developmental needs of ALL students in mind. Pre-readers, beginning readers, delayed readers and disordered readers all benefit from the incremental, structured, sequential, and cumulative progression of the Scope and Sequence, which guides the instruction. Diagnostic teaching techniques are built into the proprietary Lesson Plans, to allow Teachers to make decisions regarding students’ needs, and select the appropriate path for tailored instruction. The Orton Gillingham curriculum focuses heavily on foundational decoding skills, to build the phonetic foundation that students need to be strong decoders and masters of the English system of phonology. Based on current reading research, our unique, proprietary, Structured Literacy/Orton Gillingham-based  curriculum includes phonological awareness, rapid automatic naming, vocabulary, the English sound/symbol code, fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing, fine motor and handwriting, and listening skills, which, when combined, culminate in a thorough and comprehensive curricular system of literacy.

The Lil’ Reading Scientists Literacy Solutions TM curriculum consists of three components:

1) Hard Goods: Our highly multisensory HARD GOODS MATERIALS visually demonstrate the complex structure of the English language, in terms that young children can understand

2) Digital Downloads: Our DIGITAL DOWNLOADS are organized by Level and Skill/Concept, and provide a structured and sequential progression within which to teach the rules of the English Language

3) Unique Techniques: Our Orton Gillingham Techniques are unique and memorable, for ease in learning and utilization, during lessons with students

The Lil’ Reading Scientists Literacy Solutions TM curriculum was created for students ages 3-12 years old, and is broken down into 6 Tiers. Each Tier represents a skill & concept Level, as detailed below:

Tier 1: Reading Readiness: Ages 3-4

Students in Tier 1 learn phonemic awareness skills such as rhyming, syllabication, initial and final sounds, and rapid automatic naming, to prepare them for formal reading instruction. Also taught in Tier 1 are: pre-reading skills, including colors, shapes, numbers 1-20, numerical quantity, visual matching and patterning, listening skills, following directions, and fine motor skills such as cutting, tracing, and gluing. Oral language skills form the foundation for reading success, so our curriculum includes games and activities with nursery rhymes, riddles, and language concepts, such as association and classification. Students learn the alphabet orally, and learn to visually sequence the alphabet letters in A-Z order. Purchase Tier 1 HARD GOODS MATERIALS, and Level 1 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS to teach this Tier.

Tier 2: Alphabet Learning: Ages 4-6

Students in Tier 2 focus on learning the alphabet names and letter sounds, through American Manual Alphabet Sign Language, keywords, songs, and games, in preparation for phonetic reading instruction. Phonemic awareness skills, such as rhyming and syllabication are taught, and students have plenty of practice with rapid automatic naming with colors, shapes, numbers, and eventually, alphabet letters, to increase their automaticity. Listening skills and following directions are practiced, as well as fine motor skills, including instruction on proper letter formation. New vocabulary is interwoven into every lesson. Students have activity sheets for every alphabet letter, and practice their cutting, tracing, and gluing skills during the process. New vocabulary is interwoven throughout each lesson. Purchase the ALPHABET DIGITAL DOWNLOADS and the Tier 2 HARD GOODS MATERIALS, to teach this Tier.

Tier 3: Transition Reading: Ages 4-6

Students who know their alphabet letter names and sounds, but are not quite ready for the beginning reading process, can learn how to segment spoken words into individual sounds, and how to sequence spoken sounds to build words, using the Lil’ Reading Scientists’ specialized curriculum and hard goods materials. New vocabulary is interwoven throughout each lesson. Students practice blending and segmenting words with the Lil’ Reading Scientists’ Color Coded Sound Blocks, until that MAGIC MOMENT occurs, when they are ready to begin reading and spelling with alphabet letters! Purchase the Tier 3 HARD GOODS MATERIALS and the TRANSITION DOWNLOAD to teach this Tier.

 

Tier 4: Beginning Reading: Ages 4-7

Students in Tier 4 know the alphabet letter names and sounds, and are ready to learn to decode (read), encode (spell), blend, and manipulate letter sounds, to begin the exciting process of phonetic reading!  Children work on reading and spelling at the word, phrase, and sentence levels in Tier 4, while working their way through the five short vowels. Spelling and reading are taught reciprocally, as are handwriting and creative writing, with each new word taught. Sight words and reading comprehension skills are introduced, as are nonsense words and simple suffixes. New vocabulary is interwoven into each lesson. Students work on writing at the sentence level. Children work in Tier 4 until they have mastered all five of the short vowels. Purchase the Tier 4 HARD GOODS MATERIALS and the Levels 2-6 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS, to teach this Tier.

 

Tier 5: Intermediate Reading: Ages 6-9

Students at this level have mastered beginning reading skills with the short vowels, and are ready to learn about twin letters (ex: ll, ss, ff), digraphs (ex: ch, th), chunks (ex: ong, ank), blends (ex: cl, br), long vowels, compound words, and two syllable words. The first two syllable types are taught in Tier 5 (the Closed syllable and the VCE syllable), and also taught are the first three syllable division rules. Students continue to progress with handwriting, the application of suffixes, nonsense words, writing composition, creative writing, reading comprehension, and reading fluency in Tier 5. New vocabulary is woven into every lesson. Students work on writing at the paragraph level. Children work in Tier 5 until all of the Tier 5 skills have been mastered. Purchase the Tier 5 HARD GOODS MATERIALS and the Levels 7-13 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS to teach this Tier.

 

Tier 6: Advanced Reading: Ages 7-12

Students in Tier 6 are ready to learn advanced reading/writing/spelling skills, involving complex concepts. Four new syllable types are introduced in Tier 6 (Bossy R (ex: ar, er,), the Open Syllable (ex: hi), the Consonant-L-E syllable (ex: table), and the Vowel Teams syllable type (ex: oa, ie). Students also learn vowel diphthongs, three letter blends, digraph blends, advanced nonsense words, advanced suffixes, and prefixes.  New vocabulary is woven into every lesson. Students learn the remainder of the syllable division rules for spelling and reading, to make multi-syllable words easier to decode. In Tier 6, students learn to write the five paragraph essay, and work on proofreading and editing skills. The use of thesaurus is also taught. Students work in Tier 6 until all of the Tier 6 skills have been mastered. Purchase the Tier 6 HARD GOODS MATERIALS and the Levels 14-16 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS to teach this Tier.

To teach all Tiers, purchase the FULL HARD GOODS MATERIALS KIT, and the FULL DIGITAL DOWNLOADS PACKAGE.

 

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“Part of the Lil’ Reading Scientists TM curriculum, authored by Jenelle Erickson Boyd, is a derivative of a previous work entitled The Language Laboratory, authored by Jenelle Erickson Boyd and Polly Scott”.