Amy Kinder Literacy support
Literacy Support consists of working with classroom teachers to support literacy growth within their classrooms. We administer the Primary Observation Assessment ( POA ) three times a year for grades kindergarten through 2nd grade. After we have the information of where students are from a literacy standpoint, we can then determine reading groups and individual Reading Recovery slots. I also work with classroom teachers to share relevant literacy professional development.
The first few years of school are an amazing time in literacy development. Students come into kindergarten learning the alphabet and by the end of kindergarten are learning to look at print in many forms. The world of print literally opens up to them and it's a magical time! First graders are learning to read multiple lines of print and comprehending stories and making their voices match the emotions of the characters in the stories. By the end of second grade, students are beginning to read early chapter books! These first three years of school are where the early interventions have the biggest impact. This is where we are teaching children how to pull print off the page. After these first three years of school, the expectation is that the children will be reading to learn. These formative first years are where we are instructing children how to read. I support classroom teachers with this amazing journey of literacy development through three forms of interventions:
Reading Recovery: This is a one on one intervention for first grade students who needs an extra literacy boost. Students meet with me daily for 30 minute lessons. These lessons are highly individualized and involve reading, writing and word work. The intervention lasts for the maximum of 20 weeks. Following this intervention, students are either successfully discontinued from the program or further action is recommended. Most students are successfully discontinued and are able to read within their classroom reading groups following their individual time as Reading Recovery students.
Leveled Literacy Intervention: LLI is a small group intervention in which students meet daily for 30 minutes. The lessons and framework are similar to Reading Recovery lessons but within a small group. Students read highly engaging stories, write about their stories and work with sight words and word families on a daily basis. The LLI Intervention is intended to give an extra boost to students learning to read. The interventions typically last anywhere from 12-18 weeks.
Guided Reading: Guided Reading is a reading group consisting of three to four students. The students are involved in reading books at their instructional level through support of the teachers. There are many focuses for these daily groups and often fluency, comprehending as well as decoding strategies are supported and focused on. Students are encouraged to build a bank of reading strategies to help themselves when reading.
Family Reading Partnership
Pioneer Valley Books and Resources
Pioneer Valley Parent Resources