As much as students, parents, teachers and educators try to work together to ensure students learn to read, the fact is it can be an anxiety-ridden task for those who struggle with the skill – especially if they have to read out loud in front of other people. Perhaps more than any other skill developed throughout the K-12 educational years, nothing is more impactful on a student’s future than developing an ability to read. For those that struggle, it’s necessary to quickly implement elementary reading intervention programs.
Developing Tier 3 Reading Intervention Programs
Struggling with learning a new task is very common. With some concerted effort and practice, a typical student can gradually develop solid reading skills. However, once students have been identified as needing Tier 3 intervention, it is time to start delivering more intensive, individualized instruction.
High quality instruction in Tier 3 covers the core components of reading (i.e., phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, reading comprehension, vocabulary, fluency) and should be research validated. These are key elements addressed in the online reading intervention programs for elementary students offered by Essential Skills.
A good reading intervention program should be designed to offer targeted instruction to help students struggling with skills such as phonemic awareness and comprehension. Whether that’s Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3, accelerating students’ reading to the appropriate grade-level proficiency is always the goal. There several key elements that should be incorporated into evidence-based elementary reading intervention programs:
- Phonemic awareness. Any online program should incorporate solid phonemic awareness elements to ensure the reading intervention is built on a solid foundation.
- Decoding. The importance of letter-sound correspondences cannot be overstated. A reading intervention program should require students to segment and blend letter sounds to form words.
- High-frequency (sight) words. There are words and sounds students need to commit to memory. This is a key strategy in any intervention program.
- Spelling. Spelling is to reading as air is to breathing. Teaching students proper spelling patterns is a key to helping them develop proper reading skills.
- Assisted reading. Reading along to texts whether read by a teacher or part of an online reading program is a very beneficial way to develop reading skills.
Rely on Essential Skills to Develop Your Reading Intervention Program
Essential Skills online reading intervention programs for elementary students provide thorough coverage of the key curriculum areas essential to an effective RTI strategy. Our K-3 Complete Reading program includes hundreds of auditory, visual, and tactile typing activities to reinforce phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, spelling and reading comprehension skills. You can rely on Essential Skills to give your students the skills they need to make your elementary reading intervention programs a success.