Structured Literacy (K-5)

Structured literacy is an approach to teaching oral and written language. It's based on the science of how kids learn to read. The International Dyslexia Association coined the term. Teachers introduce new concepts explicitly and continually check on students understanding.

Structured literacy covers the following concepts:

  • Phonology: the study of sounds in spoken words
  • Sound-symbol (orthography): how to map sounds (phonemes) to letters (graphemes)
  • Syllables: knowing the types of syllables and how to divide words into syllables
  • Morphology: the study of base words and affixes (prefixes and suffixes)
  • Syntax: understanding the grammatical order of words (like sentence structure)
  • Semantics: understanding the meaning of words and sentences

Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (K-5)

SIPPS® (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is a research-based foundational skills program proven to help both new and struggling readers in grades K-12, including English learners and students identified with dyslexia.

When used as Tier 2 and Tier 3, SIPPS accelerates progress so that students are able to efficiently close the gap and engage in grade-level reading. SIPPS aligns with the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) framework and can be used across all three tiers of instruction.

SIPPS utilizes a phonics continuum to support readers of all levels through simple alphabetic, spelling pattern, and polysyllabic/morphemic instruction.

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness (K-3)

The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum provides daily phonemic awareness lessons in 12 minutes or less. Each level of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum provides up to 35 weeks of daily lessons, focusing on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition, and language awareness. Lessons are designed for a classroom setting, and only take 8-12 minutes.

  • The instructional focus is on the phonemes or sounds we hear in words.
  • Lessons are an oral and auditory warm-up to phonics instruction.
  • Students isolate, blend, segment, and manipulate sounds in spoken words.

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