At Evoke, we understand the science behind how the mind reads, and the importance of developing phonological and phonemic awareness skills at an early age. Reading is actually an astounding feat, and we read using a brain that evolved to serve an entirely different purpose; humans have only been reading and writing for only about 5000 years. Reading depends on circuits that originally evolved for other purposes; brain regions used to process vision and spoken language. So it’s no wonder learning to read can be complicated!
For some students who struggle with reading, more intensive interventions are needed, and for students with below-grade-level performance to catch up with their developing peers, their rate of growth must be accelerated; simply learning at an average rate will only maintain the deficit. Interventions must be intensive enough to not only improve students’ performance, but to actually enable students with learning difficulties to progress at rates that are faster than the learning rates of average students.
Evoke’s goal is to teach evidence-based reading strategies to students and to enhance their ability to read independently.
Reading Connections Program, Grades 1-12
This program is for students who have already developed phonological awareness skills and are looking to enhance their reading fluency, which is a combination of several skills.
Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. It provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. The ability to recognize text, at a reasonable rate, and with appropriate expression and phrasing, is key to understanding what has been read and to enjoying the process of reading. When early readers do not have to pause to decode a word, they can focus on the meaning and idea it represents. Motivation and engagement are critical factors in learning to read, so our tutors incorporate fun activities, evidence-based strategies, and games into their one-to-one instruction. This program is offered for one hour, three times a week, and gives students the opportunity to practice their decoding skills through guided oral reading, and incorporates additional skills that contribute to the development of reading fluency.