Part 2: Preface; Introduction; Assessments
Silent Elephant "e" is the only curriculum needed to guide an ELL, a struggling, or a dyslexic nonreader to becoming a fluent, comprehending reader, writer, and speller.
Let’s look at the data:
I am excited to share the incredible Silent Elephant “e” piloting results.
While piloting my reading program for the past three years, I have taught Kindergarteners through high schoolers.
Added to that, during the last two years, a paraprofessional in a central Idaho school district has been teaching Kindergarteners through third graders in the Title I Program using Silent Elephant “e”.
We have impressive results to share with you!
Please keep in mind that we are teaching the lowest 17-20% of the student population—children that are struggling to learn to read, write and spell, some were staffed in Special Education:
• Children that are Dyslexic
• Children with ADD or ADHD
• Children with Speech and Language Disorders
• English Language Learners
• Children with Autism
• Children with Down Syndrome
• Children with Dyspraxia
• Children with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
• Other Learning Disabilities.
Ready to be amazed at the quick, amazing progress our kiddos are making in a short amount of time?
1. My personal data from one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction in public schools:
• students averaged 2 years of advancement
for every 1 month of instruction.
2. Title 1 classroom setting for 8 months:
• students advanced 2.7 years on average
• 75% advanced from 1 to 3 on the Idaho State Reading Indicator
• 17% advanced from 1 to 2 on the Idaho State Reading Indicator (each were 1 word away from 3)
• 8% advanced from 1 to 2 on the Idaho State Reading Indicator
3. When the data is combined:
• All students over the last two years advanced an average of 3.4 years per 8 months of instruction.
• All students using the program (some as little as 2.5 months) advanced to reading at their age appropriate grade level.
4. In the last two years, 5 of my students have been staffed out of Special Education!!!
Silent Elephant “e” begins with phonemic awareness, because phonemic awareness is the basis for understanding reading and how it “works”.
Upon completion of Phonemic Awareness with Silent Elephant “e”, children are ready for phonics, the “proven best way to teach reading”. (Dr. Louisa Cook Moats, 2010)
Phonics rules are taught in a precisely organized, systematic, progressive sequence that builds one phonics skill upon another.
Each lesson engages the “whole learner” through stories, puppets, plays, magic, food, drawings, writing, and games that involve using the whole body and all parts of the brain.
Each focused phonics lesson has three levels of complexity providing an opportunity to meet the needs of ALL learners, preschoolers through adults, from a non-reader to a struggling reader to a gifted reader in a whole group setting, in a small group setting, or in a one-on-one setting.
Level 1--introduces a phonics rule.
Level 2--developing vocabulary and independence using the phonics rule.
Level 3--multi-syllabic words for advanced, independent readers
Silent Elephant “e” phonics lessons consist of three instructional components.
First--begin with a whole group interactive, engaging, “whole student” phonics activity.
Second--children are partnered. Using best practices, children turn to their partner and explain their thought processes and then actively listen to their partner’s thought processes culminating in a discussion of the phonics skills being taught as they complete the embedded Partner Practice pages.
Third--each phonics lesson concludes with a vital at home component consisting of Letters to Parents and At Home Practice pages. This parent component reinforces and solidifies what the child mastered in class.
Active participation helps children quickly learn and remember the phonemic awareness and phonics lessons for years to come.
Teachers have shared, “I can not believe that my sixth graders still think of Silent Elephant “e” when they add suffixes to words.” “Do you know that I have fifth graders who still use the “C” and “G” Game you taught them in first or second grade?”
Silent Elephant “e” is the way all people learn and appreciate being taught.
Options are available at my website www.silentelephante.com