Grade-Level Reading

 

Reading proficiency at the end of 3rd grade is a critical benchmark in a scholar’s education.  That is when scholars are expected to shift from learning to read, to reading to learn. 

To help scholars master their reading skills and develop a love of learning, we designed an intensive summer learning model: READy Scholars.  It starts with a staff of outstanding educators, including teachers, reading specialists and coaches, and teaching assistants.  Educators are equipped Common Core-aligned curricula and best practices for reading development and early literacy, as well as adaptive assessments to help drive instruction. 

These resources, combined with instructional flexibility and a a powerful set of data reporting tools, enable educators adapt and adjust instruction to the skills and standards scholars did not master during the school year.  To further support differentiated instruction, READy Scholars incorporates interactive learning technologies via tablet and laptops.

PROGRAM MODEL

READy Scholars full- and half-day models engage scholars in high-quality literacy instruction.  Each model operates four to five days per week, for five or more weeks.  Each day, Monday – Thursday, includes three hours of literacy activities.  Full-day models also include enrichment activities such as sports, STEM, the arts, etc.  While they expose scholars to new subjects and skills, enrichment courses also provide important opportunities to tie in and reinforce literacy skills.  On Fridays, scholars further test and hone their reading abilities through field trips and community engagement. 

A sample daily schedule follows.

Time

Activity

Description

8:30

Breakfast & Community Time

Scholars and staff build strong, supportive relationships.

9:00

Lesson Opener & Read Aloud

Teachers introduce the day’s lesson and text before dividing scholars up into three small groups.  Scholars with similar academic needs are grouped together. 

9:30

Reading Station:  Small-Group Instruction

Teachers lead short, engaging lessons focusing on specific phonics and text structure skills.

10:05

Reading Station:  Independent Practices

Scholars in grades K-1 practice handwriting, letter-sound recognition, rhyming, and vocabulary, while scholars in grades 2-3 focus on elements such as antonyms, synonyms, prefixes, and suffixes.  Working together, they complete short reading and writing activities.

10:40

Reading Station:  Technology Station

Scholars complete digital lessons on laptops or tablets.

11:15

Games & Intervention
Pull-Outs

Scholars play literacy games or engage in other hands-on learning while teachers and teaching associates lead interventions for struggling readers. 

12:00

Lunch

Half-day model ends at 12:30

12:40

Recess

 

1:00

Physical Activity

Gym, soccer, dance, etc

2:00

STEM / Arts

Science, math, fine art, drama, etc

3:00

Dismissal

Full-day model ends at 3:00

Interested in learning more about how BELL can support your grade-level reading goals?  Contact us.