This is a completely differentiated reading and spelling program like nothing you have seen before. It puts the power back in the the learner's hands. Children can independently learn how to read, with guidance of adults in how to use the RAINforest Reading books. For example, there are sight word and phoneme-focused word cards that have the visual pronunciation on the back. There is also a bookmark that children can be trained to use to find out the pronunciation of words as they read. These tools will help them to become more fluent and careful readers. The writing tools will help them to become better spellers and to revise and edit their own writing.
The third level of the program (Level 3 of 6) is called “Forest Floor."
Level 3: The Forest Floor
In this level children learn an alternate pronunciation of 5 common consonants and 5 common vowels. They also learn the 20 most common consonant digraphs.
Students should be developmentally ready to use the RAINforest Reading bookmark, which will help them decode text independently at a 94% accuracy rate when used correctly.
They will learn sight words using the sight word flashcards and play games to reinforce the connections between the pictures, sounds and letter combinations.
Every part of the program was designed to build independence in reading and writing. You will be impressed with the results. The only thing you need to do to get started is to have children learn the 44 sound-picture tiles, which you can do for free at my website:
Once they learn these they will be able to use every part of this program independently. The program can be led by a teacher, homeschooling parent or reading tutor. Having a teacher reinforce the concepts is always beneficial, but since teachers have so many children to help, it is best for everyone to build independence. One special tool of the program is the stickers. Teachers can label any text with the stickers to make it comprehensible to learners (to make it 100 percent decodable!!). If you aren't sure about buying the whole program, you can buy just one level at a time. You can go to my website to find tools that will help you assess at which level the student(s) should begin the reading program. Please visit my website to get more information and free tools. rainforestreading.com
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