Miss Fran’s ELC Curriculum

THE ROWLAND READING PROGRAM

The Rowland Reading Program (we call it Superkids, but that is really the K-2nd grade level.)

 

 

All levels of the Rowland Reading Program are built on the same principles.  The pre-K level is called HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

 

 

PROGRAM PRINCIPLES

 

  • Motivation is key to children’s success to learning to read.

 Happily Ever After includes beautifully illustrated stories, lively discussions, a great variety of hands-on activities and clear instructions that builds success step by step.  The curriculum delights children and fosters confidence as it systematically develops the skills they need to learn to read.

 

  • Early reading instruction is most effective when integrated with the other language arts.

The best reading instruction keeps children constantly writing, spelling, listening and speaking.  In Happily Ever After, children listen to stories and discuss them, then see you write, and write themselves by dictating their ideas to you.  Children begin to understand that written word stands for spoken thoughts and that communication is the goal of all the language arts.

 

  • Explicit instruction supports children at every step.

A good readiness program assumes nothing.  Instead, it carefully breaks down and explains tasks.  For example, children aren’t just asked to draw a line.  First they learn what a dot and line are. Then on pages that show a dot at the left of the line, they learn to put a crayon on the dot and trace the line from left to right (the way we read).  After this, they draw a line independently.  Finally, only after learning through concrete activity the meaning of “under”, children are asked to draw a line under something and introduced to the term “underline”.  This careful, explicit, systematic approach makes all children successful, task-by-task and gives them the strongest possible foundation for learning to read.


  • A multimodal approach develops the learning styles of all children.

Children, like all of us, learn through visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities.  Learning to read involves mainly the visual modality; learning to spell, the auditory; and learning to write, the kinesthetic.  Strengthening children’s ability to learn in all modalities through multimodal practice helps master skills and the concepts regardless of their strengths and weaknesses or preferred learning style.  Throughout Happily Ever After, children learn new words, skills, and concepts by seeing and hearing examples as well as by participating in physical activities that reinforce their meaning.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER

 

  • Oral language and vocabulary

Happily Ever After build’s a child’s foundation of vocabulary and concepts by anchoring instruction in classic stories from children’s literature.  Children listen to a story in the first lesson of each unit and return to it again and again as they move through the rest of the unit.  The story gives them a common framework for new words and concepts.  In addition, new vocabulary, skills and concepts are introduced through a game that relates them directly to the familiar, physical world.  In this way, instruction always proceeds from the concrete to the abstract.

 

  • Listening Skills

To learn to read, children must become conscious first of environmental sounds and then of sounds that make up speech, such as words and syllables.  Finally, they must learn to hear phonemes, the small units of speech that correspond to letters.  Happily Ever After carefully builds this sensitivity to sounds through direct instruction and daily routines.  Children must also learn to attend to the teacher, to the narrator in CD lessons and to other children.  These active listening skills are developed in every activity.

 

  • Direction following

A child’s success in preschool or any school depends on his or her ability to understand instructional vocabulary and follow directions.  Following directions involves good listening skills and concentration, as well as familiarity with common school tasks, such as circling an answer and drawing a line across or under a given word or picture.  Happily Ever After builds children’s ability to follow directions by teaching the necessary skills systematically and explicitly, and having children apply the skills in every lesson.

 

  • Fine Motor Skills

Children need to develop fine motor skills to be able to write.  To build these skills, Happily Ever After provides constant opportunities for children to cut, fold, color, glue, trace and draw.  This work builds children’s fine motor skills through practice, practice, practice, using activities children enjoy.


More information can be at www.rowlandreading.org