The Literacy Project offers a comprehensive instructional program that improves both academic and attitudinal levels of students performing well below English proficiency standards. The academic segment utilizes a reading game, The New Phonics Game™, which was co-developed by The Regents of the University of California. Aligned with Common Core and collaborative learning methods, TLP conducts 30 one-hour sessions, five days a week, during a six-week program cycle during daytime instruction. We teach three cycles each school year: (Fall, September – November; Winter, January – March; and Spring, April – June). The program is administered by TLP’s Master Teachers who are highly credentialed as reading and language arts specialists. The program is provided at “no cost” to both the school and at-risk students in the second grade.
The Literacy Project’s learning tool, The New Phonics Game™, focuses on teaching specific phonetic skills necessary for fundamental reading proficiency. It consists of 13 card games and board games modeled after popular children games like “Go Fish” and “Memory.” A Master Teacher conducts the program with up to six students in a group. During each program, the students are assessed by their reading skill level and the measurable growth is determined by pre- and post-testing each student using the California Basic Phonics Skills Test (BPST). Attitudinal pre- and post-testing are based upon the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (ERAS), a nationally acclaimed assessment method. A Longitudinal Study is conducted each year measuring the retention of participant’s newly-acquired reading skills to ensure fundamental English proficiency.
This reading program of exceptional merit is fun, socially interactive, lightly competitive and promotes collaborative learning amongst students through group experience. It teaches the fundamental principles of phonics and literacy in all three learning modalities—auditory, visual and tactile—critical to children with varying learning styles. Teaching in all three learning modalities assures that no matter what a child’s learning style, the game is highly engaging, entertaining and effective.
THE GOALS OF THE READING PROGRAM
- Access and enhance key phonic skills amongst struggling readers
- Promote learning in a fun, socially interactive environment
- Use proven methods to maximize the learning experience
- Increase self-confidence
- Retain new reading skills to advance to comprehensive reading levels
- Lead to self-sufficiency and economic success.
The primary advantage of The Literacy Project’s reading program is to focus on helping students augment their classroom instruction by practicing essential reading skills in a unique and stimulating way, thus effectively extending the instructional day to ensure mastery of the English Language.