Elementary Reading Program
At MLS we believe that reading will prepare our students for success and pave their way for a self-sustaining future as it is the foundation of all learning. Reading without comprehension is meaningless; we cannot derive knowledge or pleasure from what we read. Comprehension is the overall goal of all reading instruction. Reading instruction is delivered through three main venues; Whole Group/Small Group Instruction, Guided Reading, and Independent Reading.
Whole Group Small Group Instruction:
As a whole class, students learn reading skills and strategies following the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Common Core standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. These standards are designed to serve students in real life situations. It is important that we ensure that our students apply what they learn. To that, students learn to apply these reading skills to new stories and/or text through small group instruction. A wide range of books are offered for reading literature or informational text. Students are guided to comprehend and interpret messages in multiple texts and various media.
Guided Reading is a sustained program that expands from KG2 up to Grade 5. Our Guided Reading program recognizes that children read and comprehend at varying rates and levels. Students are flexibly grouped and regrouped according to their level of reading development. This allows the reading coach for each group to select reading material and tailor her instructions according to the needs of the readers within her group. The Reading A to Z webpage is the main source for instruction.
Students are assessed through benchmark assessments of the reading level they are at. Benchmark assessments are used to establish a baseline for determining student progress. They evaluate each child’s proficiency on both reading accuracy and reading comprehension at the child’s reading level. Students who pass this reading benchmark assessment will then move to the next reading level. Assessment reveals the students’ level of reading accuracy and reading comprehension. Students’ progress is also marked through the standardized, computer-adaptive assessments created by Renaissance Learning - STAR. Students’ scores are tracked and constantly followed up.
Independent Reading - D.E.A.R:
Our morning reading program called D.E.A.R. which stands for Drop Everything and Read is conducted from 7:45 till 8:15 each morning. Students select books from the class library to read independently and after complete a page in their DEAR log either reflecting on what they read or applying a reading skill or strategy to answer questions.
Book-in-a-Bag is a program in which additional books are checked out to students weekly to take home to read independently. This is another opportunity for the students to develop their reading fluency and independently apply reading skills and strategies.