This program is for students who have completed the WISE READING® Remediation Program and have demonstrated basic phonics skills. This program enhances reading fluency by bridging word recognition and comprehension and focusing on developing a student’s word-level reading and higher level phonics 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, twice a week, and incorporates critical instructional elements related to highly successful outcomes in word-level reading. Poor word-level reading is one of the most common reasons students struggle in reading comprehension. Reading Connections focuses on the development of higher-level skills, bringing together all of the puzzle pieces that go into reading fluency development, ensuring gains in reading performance, and eventually, comprehension.