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The Reading Connections program is the next step for students who have completed the WISE READING® Remediation Program, or for students who have already developed basic phonological awareness skills. For these students, Reading Connections is the next step toward reading fluency and, eventually, comprehension. Students cannot obtain comprehension without reading fluency. The goal of the program is to develop the student’s word-level reading by helping them master advanced phonemic awareness and orthographic mapping skills that boost reading fluency.

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 age-appropriate games into their one-to-one instruction. This program is offered for one hour, two to three times a week.

In between sessions, to reinforce learning and to ensure that skills are being practiced, students are asked to engage in homework on non-Evoke days, for five minutes per day.

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