Reading Support is offered to any child who is identified by their teacher and through the results of the Star testing. Children who receive reading support meet either individually or in small groups 2-3 times per week. The focus on reading support in the elementary grades is on a systematic approach to teaching reading skills. At St. Ann's, reading support uses the Reading Assist program of instruction. This program is research based, systemic and multi-sensory. Students are taught skills for reading, writing, and spelling.
Students in K- 4 who receive reading support will experience a unique combination of programs. The Reading Assist program is a highly regarded, systemic phonics based program. Reading Assist, is used in conjunction with a fluency and comprehension program, "Flow". This pairing of programs has shown to produce results in improvement with reading confidence and classroom performance. Students identified with decoding issues experience the Really Great Reading "Word" program which focuses on strong decoding instruction.
As students progress through grades, the focus of reading support shifts to academic support in reading heavy subjects. Students meet for pre-reading and re-reading Science/Social Studies, to prepare them for instruction in the classroom and to reinforce learning.