In order to support your students to become fluent readers who read for meaning, there are five elements that students needs to master. These five critical literacy areas are covered in ABC Reading Eggs.
The five elements include:
1. Phonemic Awareness
Phonemes are the units of sound that make up a word. Developing phonemic awareness is the first critical skill young readers need to attain in order to progress on their journey toward reading fluency.
The next step in a students reading development is understanding phonics, that is, how letters link to particular sounds (phonemes). This fundamental skill allows a student to distinguish a letter from its graphic form and instantly know what sound it makes.
Regular reading of different kinds of books is essential to developing vocabulary. The more varied your student’s reading, the more words they will be exposed to. As students learn to recognise and pronounce an increasing bank of words, they will be able to dedicate less of their mental efforts toward deciphering individual words and more from deriving meaning from what they have read.
Fluency of reading is achieved when students have made some inroads towards mastering the above three skills. By reading to your students, you can also provide them a resource critical to their reading development, that is, a vocal model of a fluent reader. By having this vocal model your students can learn how to pronounce words correctly as well as learn when and how to emphasise for punctuation and changes in tone.
Comprehension of a text’s meaning is the end goal of reading. Strategies to assist readers with text comprehension include teaching students how to:
- Answer questions about a text
- Ask questions of a text
- Monitor their own comprehension
- Use graphic organisers of a text
- Recognise story structure
ABC Reading Eggs instructs students in all of the elements through lessons, games and activities brought to life with colourful visuals and animations, catchy music, fun sound effects and heaps of exciting rewards. For students, learning to read online can be fun and motivational.