A Little History About Learning to Read . . . What Works and What Does Not.

A still-prevalent reading myth is that learning to read, like learning to speak and understand spoken language, is natural. Throughout educational history, some educators have argued that children will learn to read if they are read to, are surrounded by books, and have a purpose for reading. Common sense, human history, and reading research contradict the idea that most children learn to read naturally, the way they learn to talk. 

Although for some students reading is quite effortless, many others struggle to read the words on the page and/or to comprehend them. The human brain has evolved over about 100,000 years to support the development of spoken language. Written language, on the other hand, has only been in existence for 12,000 to 15,000 years - not enough time for the human brain to evolve the functional adaptations and pathways required for reading (Dehaene, 2009; Wolf, 2007). Direct reading instruction is needed.

In the 1990's, U.S. Congress convened a National Reading Panel to review all the research on reading. In 2000, the panel released a report. The research showed that explicitly teaching children the relationship between sounds and letters improves reading achievement. 

Whether we are teaching students with or without disabilities to read, the science is clear, explicitly teaching reading is a key to reading fluency and comprehension. When we don't provide this direct instruction, many students struggle with reading success, and children with dyslexia suffer the most.              

Children with dyslexia must master the same basic knowledge about language and its relationship to writing as anyone else to become competent readers and writers. However, because of their dyslexia, they need a more intense, direct, explicit and systematic approach to sort, recognize and organize the basic elements of language.

". . . some students require more intense, direct, explicit and systematic approaches when learning to read. . ."


The Orton-Gillingham® principles of instruction are the most crucial and significant reading intervention for children and adults with dyslexia.  Wilson® Language Training (WLT) programs such as Fundations®Just Words® and Wilson® Reading System are multisensory structured curricula that are based on Orton-Gillingham principles.  At SRC, we provide individualized structured literacy using these programs. 

To understand more practically what an effective, structured reading intervention should contain follow this link and listen to Dr. Margie Gillis, president of "Literacy How." She will describe the various parts of a session.

Interventions at SRC follow the gold standard for the industry which follow Orton-Gillingham principles. The primary curriculum used is the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) which is a multisensory, structured literacy program designed for students grades 2-12 as well as adults. You can read more about this Wilson Language® program by following this link

Instructors at SRC have undergone specific training in the programs they are using. We strongly believe that in order to achieve our student's literacy goals; evidence-based instruction must be implemented with fidelity. Therefore, we seek to have all instructors credentialed in the programs they deliver. In cases where instructors are undergoing coursework, a credentialed supervisor will perform all assessments and will regularly meet with instructors to monitor student's progress to goal. These meetings will include but are not limited to, chart review, observation and coaching sessions.

A typical student will have word level deficits and are not making sufficient progress through their current interventions. They may have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies. They may require more intensive instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. Or they may have a combination of elements. 

As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program students learn fluent decoding and encoding (spelling) skills to the level of mastery. From the beginning steps of the program, students receive instruction in these following literacy areas: 

                         •Phonemic awareness                    • Decoding and word study                   • Sight word recognition             • Spelling             
                      • Fluency                   • Vocabulary                          • Oral expressive language development             • Comprehension

When small group sessions are formed with a student to teacher ratio is no larger than 1:6. Students are assessed and reviewed for appropriateness for small group intervention. Group interventions follow a laser focused curriculum and typically formed for short spans of time such as the four week Summer Skills Camp. To learn more about these opportunities, follow the link below.

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Regardless of age or grade, if your child is a struggling or at-risk reader with more significant gaps, we offer individual reading instruction which is tailored to meet your child's specific needs. 

Regardless of age if you or your child is struggling or at-risk reader with more significant gaps, we offer individual reading instruction which is tailored to meet you or your child's needs. These sessions may be conducted at our Center or on school campus. In specific situations virtual (remote) sessions may be scheduled.

Getting the frequency and length of the session right is a key component for closing literacy gaps quickly. Recommended frequency is determined case-by-case and is weighed against the determined gaps and a speed in which the student can tolerate.  

Call (423)763-1555 or follow this link to schedule an appointment.
Summer Reading Camp 2024

There are several opportunities for rising 1st and 2nd graders this summer to close their literacy gaps or building confidence with previously taught skills. This twenty-day group learning opportunity, is designed to help ready these young learners to be successful as they enter Fall 2024. If your child has mild gaps or you wish to help child avoid the summer slide, consider enrolling your child in one of the camp sessions (see schedule below). 

The sessions are ninety minutes per day (Monday through Friday) for twenty consecutive days. Two groups have been created for 1st graders and two groups for 2nd graders. Select which session fits your summer schedule and click the link below to register. With a maximum group size of six students, there is limited seating. Registration and payment are due by May 6, 2024.

June 3 to June 28, 2024

1st graders: 10:30 am to Noon 

2nd graders: 8:30 am to 10:00 am

July 8 to August 2, 2024

1st grader: 8:30 am to 10:00 am

2nd grader 10:30 am to Noon

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