"I enrolled my two girls in The Reading Advantage to help prepare them for big school. Julianna (Age 5) used to have difficulty in blending words. But after only two months, she's more confident and can read a book by herself..."Kathy Cabochan
Kids who want to learn, learn best. The Learning Library’s unique programs use a highly effective literature-based approach that helps children enjoy learning more and become lifelong learners.
THE READING ADVANTAGE is a complete reading and writing program that culminates in being able to fully comprehend what is read and effectively express thoughts in written form. It begins with developing strong fundamental skills that enable students not only to read words, but understand the meaning of what they read through guidance and practice. By exposing them to the best of children’s literature, they are encouraged to read more, and improve in both comprehension and composition.
In the first three levels of The Reading Advantage program, students build a good foundation that will lead them to become good readers in the future. They master all the letter names and sounds through multi-sensory activities that will enable them to remember these letters well. Research shows that when the visual, auditory and kinesthetic skills of the child are working together, their memory will be stronger. Another predictor of reading success is good phonological and print awareness. We target phonological awareness through fun games and other manipulative materials that engage students into learning letters. Learning at this age should be as natural and fun as possible so that students will remain motivated to study every day.
At home, parents will be asked to read books to their child and talk to them about the sounds of the words, the number of words in sentences, rhyming pairs, and other phonological awareness activities.
Students should be taught how to decode (read words in isolation) to be able to read connected texts fluently. Children do not learn to read by themselves, reading should be explicitly taught to them. In these levels, students are given exercises that will strengthen their decoding and encoding (spelling) skills. Students are given lessons on different vowel patterns that start with consonant-vowel-consonant or short vowel sounds. Students are also introduced to words that are not phonetically-regular which are called sight words or red flag words. Furthermore, students are guided in writing phrases and sentences to prepare them for grade school writing activities. Since spelling is harder than reading, students are given different spelling rules and generalizations to spell words properly.
At home, students need to practice their reading and writing skills. Parents are given simple writing worksheets that they can do with their child at home.
Levels 10-21 teach a variety of reading strategies to help students become independent readers. We explicitly teach strategies so they know how to apply these given a narrative or informative text. Through scaffolding, we teach by introducing the strategy, modeling it, doing guided practice and letting them do independent work. We strengthen their reading comprehension by making sure that they are fluent, know enough vocabulary, and know how to read well with prosody. We also enhance written expression by giving different written post-reading activities.
At home, students are given different graphic organizers based on their weekly stories. They will bring home a chosen book and apply what they have learned in the center in answering the graphic organizer.
In the last 10 levels, our writing program enriches children’s reading experience by enabling them to share their thoughts and ideas in written form. The mentor texts are used as a springboard for the writing lesson. Students are given texts to read first so that they know what kind of writing is expected of them. The teacher and the student analyze the mentor text to know which components are needed to write a similar essay. Teachers guide students in their writing by modeling how to organize their thoughts before writing their first draft. Students are given lessons on sentence conventions, construction and word choice.
At home, students will be given topics to write about which is similar to their writing task in their reading center. Writing needs constant practice to improve.
The Reading Advantage program is P 2,500 per month. The fee is inclusive of book-borrowing privileges.