Press Kit 41 Points of an Effective Reading Program

41 Points of an Effective Language Arts Program 
(For Teaching Spelling, Writing, and Listening/Reading Comprehension)

    1. Instruction is explicit, interactive and diagnostic.
    2. The curriculum is systematic, multisensory and integrated.
    3. It's effective at teaching English to non-native students of all ages.
    4. Instruction is consistent and cumulative.
    5. It integrates 6 disciplines: listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling and composition.
    6. Teachers go through a rigorous training process before teaching it.
    7. It has a student-centered educational philosophy.
    8. Students learn the purpose for every task.
    9. Students are active participants throughout the lessons.
    10. Teachers observe students and assess progress daily to tailor instruction to students’ needs.
    11. Because instruction is differentiated, it provides sufficient practice for all kinds of learners.
    12. It's consistent with the basic principles of skill acquisition and the nature of the reading process.
    13. Its principles and method are well grounded in reading research.
    14. It's based on research establishing that spelling and reading are closely related.
    15. It teaches all 5 components identified by National Reading Panel (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension) as essential to successful instruction.
    16. The phonograms used are correct by modern linguistic standards.
    17. It teaches phonics with handwriting.
    18. It teaches meaning and usage of the same high-frequency spelling words.
    19. It teaches children to hear phonemes in words so they can analyze a word's sound pattern.
    20. It teaches spelling rules.
    21. It teaches morphology.
    22. It teaches parts of speech.
    23. It teaches English conventions.
    24. It teaches compositions of various types.
    25. It teaches composition instruction based on well-written sentence construction.
    26. It teaches literary appreciation.
    27. It teaches text fluency.
    28. It teaches text structure.
    29. It teaches listening and reading comprehension strategies.
    30. It teaches spelling by using a list of words compiled by frequency of use.
    31. It teaches the child what is of use to the child.
    32. It quickly provides children with the skills of reading.
    33. Children learn how to read in kindergarten.
    34. It captures all the richness and variety of the English language.
    35. It provides explicit instruction in how the written language works.
    36. It absorbs and captivates children in the learning process.
    37. It fully engages the natural learning dispositions of the mind.
    38. It develops higher-level thinking.
    39. It engages parental involvement as an important component of children's school success.
    40. It's based on the belief our brains have the ability to categorize a range of sensory inputs.
    41. It teaches skills that are needed in real life.