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Curriculum Corner: Latest Thoughts and Research on Instruction
Reading Ready: A Free and Easy to Implement Early Reading Intervention for Parents and Educatorsby Sam Chiang 10/12/2022
Developed by Dr. Katharine Pace Miles out of Brooklyn College, CUNY, Reading Rescue is free reading intervention program designed for Kindergarteners and 1st graders who need additional instruction in word level reading. There are two versions of the program, one for educators and one for parents/caregivers.
Reading Ready Parent Version: This version is very easy to implement and seems designed for parents to supplement foundational reading skills at home. There are two parts to each lesson: Sound Practice and Word Practice. The manual suggests picking 2-3 activities from sound practice and 2-3 activities from word practice for each daily lesson, in total about 15 minutes of instruction. For all the sound and word practice activities are instructions, scripts, and practice sets. The whole parent intervention manual is 25 pages long so not difficult to review at all.
Reading Ready Educator Version: In addition to the sound and word practice activities, the educator version has a letter-sound/phonetic practice section as well as assessments and lesson tracking sheets. The whole program is very concise and gets straight to the point.
Youtube Tutorials: Each activity in this program has been modeled and demonstrated. You can find the playlist here.
Dr. Pace Miles has worked very closely with Linnea Ehri in the past and this program seems to focus on developing orthographic mapping. The program is freely available at https://www.readingrescue.org/.
Research can be found here: https://www.readingrescue.org/research
Connected Phonation vs Segmented Phonationby Sam Chiang 3/22/2021
Dr. Selenid Gonzalez-Frey and her co-author Dr. Linnea Ehri conducted a study (webinar on study) to determine if beginner readers would learn initial decoding better through continuous speech production (connected phonation) or segmented speech production (segmented phonation). This is particularly important because there have been several cases where students can segment sounds of words, but have a difficult time blending, decoding, and reading basic CVC words. In Fundations, students are taught segmented phonation. In this study, students were broken into three groups: students taught with connected phonation, students taught with segmented phonation, and a control group. Here are the four research questions Dr. Selenid Gonzalez-Frey investigated:
Research Question 1: Will beginning readers learn to decode CVC nonwords containing continuant consonants more readily when they are taught with the connected phonation procedure than with the segmented phonation procedure?
Research Question 2: Will decoding skill transfer more readily to new CVC nonwords containing stop consonants when preceded by connected phonation training then by segmented phonation training?
Research Question 3: Will the beneficial effects of blending instruction with no pauses persist over time on a delayed posttest assessing CVC nonword reading with stop consonants?
Research Question 4: Will the beneficial effects transfer to different literacy tasks that were not taught including reading more complex nonwords with consonant clusters (CCVC), reading CVC real words, and spelling CVC nonwords?
Participants: kindergarteners, no learning disabilities
Pretests: letter name and sounds of 13 target letters
stops: b, c, k, p, t
continuants: f, l, m, n, s
short vowels: a, i, o
decode 4 CVC words
read 20 pre-primer and 20 primer words
Connected Phonation Procedure
Teach students to hold and connect adjacent phonemes instead of breaking up the sounds of each phoneme (no pauses between sounds). This is only possible with continuant consonants that can be held (f, l, m, n, s). This is not possible with (d, b, p, c, k, etc). Thus, the continuant consonants would be held until the next phoneme is spoken. (ffffffffff-aaaaaaaa-nnnnnnn) Then students immediately blend/read the word. (fan)
Segmented Phonation Procedure
Teach students to pause between phonemes prior to blending. For example, "san" would be read as /s//a//n/ with a pause between phonemes.
Findings suggest that decoding programs could be made more effective by implementing the connected phonation procedure
first by instructing students to decode CVC words with continuant consonants until mastery
then progressing to the decoding of words with stop consonants
Students in the connected phonation group
students seem to have a better concept of how to bring separate phonemes in a word together
transferred their blending knowledge to stop consonant CVC words in the immediate and delayed posttests
produced a whole, succinct word without stretching or breaking between phoneme
avoided adding schwa vowels and resulted in blended nonword
made it easier to remember phonemes, especially memory for initial consonants
Two Article Reviews on the Importance of Early Reading Intervention by Sam Chiang 2/19/2021
Two articles from The Reading League Journal, consolidate the converging research on the importance of screening, assessment, and evidence based intervention at the early elementary grades, particularly in Kindergarten and 1st grade.
The first article, "Dyslexia: An Ounce of Prevention is Better Than a Pound of Diagnosis and Treatment" by Drs. Hugh Catts and Tiffany Hogan explain the paradox of diagnosing dyslexia and providing intensive intervention usually around grade 2 when intensive intervention is less effective and more time-consuming than, say providing the intensive intervention in kindergarten and 1st grade. By screening for dyslexia earlier and providing the necessary instruction earlier, schools may be able to reduce the effects of dyslexia for student's word-reading abilities. In essence, the idea to prevent rather than react.
The second article, "Brick by Brick: A Series of Landmark Studies Pointing to the Importance of Early Reading Intervention," by Drs. Emily Solari, Colby Hall, and Anita McGinty summarize the scientific studies' findings on early reading intervention. One of the more interesting findings noted in this article showed that several studies found that monitoring struggling readers throughout their academic lives continued to struggle reading if no intervention was applied. This suggests that the anecdotal idea that some students are reading "late bloomers" and that their reading difficulties will disappear on their own is a dangerous myth. The gap between between those who can and cannot doesn't narrow without something changing: high quality reading instruction/intervention.