FCS Approved Interventions Below
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  • What Does My (K-2) Child Need to Work On to Successfully Read?

    Did you know that building reading foundational skills is key to building successful readers? It is important in grades K-2 that we build phonological awareness, phonics, and fluency with concepts like letter names, letter sound correspondence, segmenting, and the 150 sight words. Each of these skills build on each other and work together to build a reader with strong comprehension and critical thinking skills. 

     

     

    Big 5 of reading Phonological Awareness Umbrella

    It is critical in grades K-2 that students master the Reading Foundational Skills of Phonological Awareness, Phonics and begin to develop Reading Fluency. In Grades K-2 Students "learn to read", so in grades 3-5 they can truly focus on "reading to learn". Students transition from mastering skills with "guidance and support" in Kindergarten, to becoming more independent and fluent readers in first and second grades. See Georgia Standards of Excellence below to know exactly what your child needs to master. Standards Mastery Frameworks (Rubrics by Prioritized Standards) for Reading are also listed by grade level. The GSE are what teachers align their lessons to.

     

    When determining what to work on with your child, teachers look at the data from the Fastbridge Universal Screener. Each of the areas in the graphic below are Subtests that students should master, per grade level benchmarks (located below). When in doubt, start from the beginning and ensure that all skills below are mastered fluently since each of these skills build upon each other. Can the child complete the intervention 90-100% accurately and 90-100% independenty? If not, that may be an area your child needs to strengthen. Building a strong foundation is imperative! See "Fall Back Method" Below for more info.

    Info Graphic: Early Reading Subtests

    We use FastBridge as our Universal Screener at RES. All students take Fastbridge Screeners (online test) at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to mark progress. There are benchmark goals per grade level that students are expected to meet to be considered performing "On Grade Level". You can also use these benchmarks to determine if your child is categorized as "Some Risk" or "High Risk" of not meeting Grade level expectations.

     Grade Level Benchmarks- Reading- Grades K-2

    Based on your child's score, this will determine where you need to begin reading instruction. Use the "fall back" method. For example, if your child is struggling with "letter sounds", and falling in the HIGH RISK category, the "fall back" method tells us that we should ensure that the student has fully mastered "Letter Names" prior to "Letter Sounds". Addressing the base line problem ensures that your child will not become frustrated with content that is above their current level.

    Once we determine what your child's specific area of concern is, we can develop an intervention plan with a weekly intervention that addresses your child's specific concern.

    What can you do from home?

    • Once you determine your child's specific area of concern is, pick an intervention from the library below that matches that concern and implement it regularly at home until your child masters that skill.
    • There are hard copy or SeeSaw (digital) versions of the interventions. Most activities have video instructions of how to complete it.
    • Please contact Ms. Long for questions regarding these interventions. (Grades K-2) 

Basic Reading Interventions