Monday, February 6, 2017

Reading, Writing and learning galore!

Now that we've all settled into our classroom routines, we're really rolling up our sleeves for intensive learning. As we talked about at curriculum night in the fall, we use a TON of great resources each and every day the SRC classrooms. You're probably more familiar with the STAR program, and might recognize some things we work on from when your student was in early intervention, but there is so much more your student is working hard on every day! Below are some highlights of some curriculums and assessments we're using:

Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework
The Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework, or IRLA for short, is a way for teachers to assess reading, set goals and provide instruction. The IRLA is aligned to the common core state standards, and while we use our own SRC Learning Targets in our classroom, the IRLA is still a great way to get an idea of each student's skill set. We are always working towards our targets and the common core standards. One of the really great things about the IRLA is that it covers lots of elements of reading, and helps teachers meet the student exactly where he/she is. In your student's folders you'll find IRLA Skills Cards. These cards have specific goals highlighted for your student! This way you can see what we're working on here at school, and it gives you an idea of what you can do to help them improve their holistic reading skills!

Handwriting Without Tears
This year, the Beaverton School District adopted the Handwriting without Tears curriculum to help students in primary with handwriting skills. This fabulous program has been used in special education for years, so we are so excited to be working with new materials this year. Below are some comments from Marcia, our OT, about the curriculum:

Handwriting Without Tears is a program that was designed by an occupational therapist to teach children how to write using hands-on, multisensory materials. It was designed in such a way that it introduces shapes, numbers, and letters in an order that matches the progression of children’s developmental abilities so that it is easier for them to practice, learn, and remember.  This matches with your child's Occupational Therapy treatment and the progression of skills needed for success.  I am so thrilled that this program is adopted by the district and used in our classrooms!

Marcia Loggins, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Exposure to a library!
One of the most important ways to encourage reading is to make sure kids have access to a library of diverse books! 

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