Our Approach to Academic Remediation
We often think of reading as one singular act but our brains are actually engaging in a number of tasks simultaneously each time we sit down with a book.
Scientific research shows that there are five essential components of reading that we must be taught in order to learn to read.
At KoolMinds, we follow the 5 Components of Reading which include: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.
These five components work together to create the reading experience.
We must develop skills in all five of these areas in order to become a successful reader.
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Phonemic Awareness is recognizing and using individual sounds to create words. We need to be taught to hear sounds in words and that words are made up of the smallest parts of sound, or phonemes.
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Phonics is understanding the relationships between written letters and spoken sounds. We need to be taught the sounds individual printed letters and groups of letters make. Knowing the relationships between letters and sounds helps us recognize familiar words and “decode” new words.
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Fluency is developing the ability to read accurately and quickly. We must learn to read words rapidly and accurately in order to understand what is read. When fluent readers read silently, they recognize words automatically. When fluent readers read aloud, they read effortlessly and with expressions. Readers who are weak in fluency read slowly, word by word, focusing on decoding words instead of understanding what they are reading.
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Vocabulary development is learning the meaning and pronunciation of words. We need to actively build and expand our knowledge of written and spoken words, what they mean and how they are used.
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Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, remember and talk about what is read. We need to be taught the steps good readers use to make sure we understand what we are reading.
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Systematic and Sequential
It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, or system. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.
Second, from scientific evidence about how individuals learn to read and write; why a significant number have difficulty in doing so; how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult; and which instructional practices are best suited for teaching such individuals to read and write.
Our trained Orton-Gillingham (OG) instructors design lessons and materials to work with students at the level they present by pacing instruction and the introduction of new materials to their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Students with dyslexia need to master the same basic knowledge about language and its relationship to our writing system as any who seek to become competent readers and writers. However, because of their dyslexia, they need more help than most people in sorting, recognizing, and organizing the raw materials of language for thinking and use. Language elements that non-dyslexic learners acquire easily must be taught directly and systematically.
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