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Early Literacy

Growing our Cardinals in reading!

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Structured Literacy Plan

What is a Structured Literacy Plan?

Structured literacy is a way to teach students to read. It follows a specific order to teach reading, from simple to more complex skills, based on how we know people’s brains work.  It is also very direct. Teachers focus on the exact skills that students need to know to go from speech to printed words.

Structured literacy is based on a large collection of research studies. This body of knowledge is called the Science of Reading.  Our curricula must address the Five Components of Reading: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.

What do we do at Sandy Valley to support Structured Literacy?

Heggerty: develops students’ phonological awareness in K-2.

Fundations: supports students’ phonics in grades K - 2. It is hands-on learning of letters, sounds, and words.

ReadyGen: used in grades K-5 to build comprehension, vocabulary, and oral language.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are often paired with one another to support a student’s learning.

UFLI Foundations and Wilson intervention programs: These programs are explicit and systematic in the way that they reinforce foundational reading skills that are necessary for proficient reading.