Literacy First is a pillar of New Summit Charter Academy. We understand that in order for a child to access all subjects, he/she must know how to read. This creates a love of learning.
We believe that all students can learn to read, and it is the responsibility of the teacher, parents, and interventionist to work together to determine how best to support the child. We believe in Early Intervention vs. the Wait to Fail model. At New Summit, a student will receive support as soon as the data shows a gap.
We know that multi-sensory, explicit, sequential, phonics-based instruction has proven to be the most effective.
Literacy First can be seen in the classroom with differentiated, skill-based reading groups in addition to whole class instruction.
DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time is essential and a vital part of each student’s day at New Summit. Every grade participates in DEAR time regularly.
Beginning next year, our students will have access to our library as a weekly Special, which will include content-rich, curriculum supported, and classical literature. Also included will be Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales. We believe in quality literature which feeds our students’ minds in a healthy way.
Also next year, we are planning to implement Student Book Clubs for some of the upper grades.
At New Summit, the students enjoy being read to by parents, teachers and VIP guest readers.
Literacy First is based on the concept that without the ability to read well, children will not be able to access the knowledge required to be successful in school OR in life. For that reason, we intend to ensure that our kids are GREAT readers. Some elements of the Literacy First program will include:
Research shows that beginning readers benefit most from being taught explicit skills during intensive small group instruction.
Why Small Groups?
The small group, differentiated, reading model enables teachers to focus on specific skills needed by varied groups of children. By integrating strategy instruction and engaging students, educators support students’ early literacy learning.
What do These Reading Small Groups Look Like?
Why are Small Groups Important?
Small groups are important because learning is social. Children make sense of school activities through observation, participation, and social interaction.
What are the Benefits of Small Group Instruction?
Various Types of Small Groups