ERIC Number: ED106829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
[West Friendship Elementary Reading Program: "Accept and Challenge."]
Howard County Board of Education, Clarksville, MD.
This program, included in "Effective Reading Programs...," serves K-5 students in a small rural town. The strengths of children are the focus of this program, which uses teaching strategies introduced by Robert Wilson of the University of Maryland reading center. Teacher-prepared diagnostic tests and skills checklists are used to individualize reading instruction, and an effort is made to ensure daily success and challenge for each student. Learning centers are provided in all instructional areas and are arranged according to difficulty. Contract teaching is used, with words from a spelling list developed by the teacher and the class. Based on pretests, these contracts are drawn up in individual student conferences with the teacher and are evaluated by posttests. Sustained silent reading and writing periods are scheduled daily for 10-15 minutes each. The language experience approach is used in kindergarten and the first two grades, with students individually dictating stories that become the basis for vocabulary and word attack exercises. Instructional aides and parent volunteers play an important role in the program, as do student tutors from grades 4 and 5 who work with younger students. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard County Board of Education, Clarksville, MD.