Elmont Schools Expands Reading Program to Second Grade Students | Herald Community Newspapers


Elmont Schools plan to expand the district-wide “Foundations” program, a program designed to strengthen students’ reading skills, to include second-graders in the 2021- school year. 2022, according to a statement released by the Elmont Union Free School District.

“Currently, for every building in which we strive to run a model lesson for all grade 2 teachers and all new teachers in the program this year,” said Gina Colica, a district-wide instructional coach who runs the program with fellow instructional coach Kate DeRuvo. . Following the model lesson, a “Foundations” lesson led by grade two teachers will be observed by Colica and DeRuvo.

“The foundations are a multisensory approach to the five building blocks of reading,” the school district said in the statement. The program focuses on phonemic awareness, word study, phonetics, vocabulary development, comprehension and fluency. The “Foundations” program consists of a daily lesson of approximately 30 minutes for students from Kindergarten to Grade 2 in each of Elmont’s six schools.

On October 14, the second grade class taught by Maria Leva at Alden Terrace School received a visit from Colica, who on that day led a lesson with second grade students focused on the practice of “trick words”. , such as “both,” “complete” and “walk,” the district statement said. Colica also called each student in the class at the front of the room to participate in Leva’s “word wheel” on the class smart board, which required students to read the words aloud. Today’s lesson ended with a reading aloud and a writing activity.

“The feedback has been positive from the teachers we met and the students seem enthusiastic and engaged during the model lessons,” Ms. Colica added.

Throughout the school year, Colica and DeRuvo plan to offer support to teachers in the district through guided tours, meetings and classes regarding the “Foundations” program.


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