Along with intentional, focused teaching and learning, young students need time to learn through play, family time, discussion at home, and special reading time with a parent. They also need less screen time and should not have to sit still for very long. Keeping these and other needs in mind, this course is intended to be the weekly boost learners need to gain essential skills. In our short time together, we will be focused and intentional, maximizing our precious time so learners can gain essential literacy skills: reading, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and phonological awareness. What’s even better is that this is an ongoing class, which means students can come and go as your schedule demands.
Inside the classroom, you can find us learning through singing, movement, games, and diving deep into engaging picture books. We approach all topics with an “I do, we do, you do” mindset. We start any new concepts by the teacher modeling what the student will be learning: “I do.” Then the students engage in an activity where they get to practice the new concept under the watchful guidance of the teacher: “We do.” Finally, students show their mastery in a final activity with minimal interruption from the teacher: “You do.”
– 3 minutes – Greetings
– 7 minutes – Essential Reading Skills (this varies by week but will include phonemic awareness, decoding/phonics, fluency, vocabulary, etc.)
– 10 minutes – Read Aloud or Shared/Close Read
– 3 minutes – More Essential Reading Skills (this is often focused on comprehension)
– 2 minutes – Goodbyes
– Resources and Homework:
Optional homework will be given in each class as another way we try to support families and equip learners. This homework is made to only take 5-10 minutes at most. Resources will be made available each week at the beginning of the week for families to use. These packets are helpful in helping students dive deeper into understanding the concepts that are being taught in class. While they are optional, students who use them tend to have a stronger foundation of the literacy skills being presented.
Students get to engage, laugh, and have fun. We protect the learning environment so that it is organized and optimized for learning! Students will remain muted during class time to make the most of our time together, to avoid distractions, and to make sure one person is speaking at a time. Students will interact and engage by raising their hands and waiting for the teacher to call on them. We encourage a camera-on presence for students in order to foster a supportive and friendly class environment.
In class, your student will learn all the essential “power standards” they need for first-grade reading and have fun doing it! We cannot wait to see you in class!
Since this is a skills-based class, we are able to rotate materials and activities as students master and practice skills. The format is the same each week but with different content based on student enrollment.