Pre-School Reading Enrichment Program
The Preschool Reading Enrichment Program
What is P.R.E.P.?
P.R.E.P. is our proven program for children preparing to enter Kindergarten and first grade. Participants will learn the critical skills necessary to prepare them for academic and social success in school.
What Skills are Targeted in P.R.E.P.?
P.R.E.P. will focus on the reading readiness skills that have been clinically proven to prepare a child for emergent reading. Participants will learn to rhyme words and then recognize the chunks (otherwise known as phonograms) that form the basis for rhyming words.
Phonemic awareness will be targeted during P.R.E.P. Students will learn to break words into their component sounds. For example, the word stamp can be broken into 5 sounds….s-t-a-m-p. Students will also learn the sister phonemic awareness skill of blending. That simply means listening to the individual sounds and blending them into words. These skills are critical to prepare students for phonics acquisition. Imagine trying to learn that the letter “A” makes the “a” sound if you don’t understand that the “a” sound is the middle sound in the word “cat”. Kids who don’t understand that concept will be extremely challenged when they must remember the scores of letter-sound relationships necessary to begin reading.
Alphabet knowledge will be also be targeted during P.R.E.P. Students will learn to recite their ABCs and to recognize the letters that go with the ABC song. When they’re ready, they will be introduced to the sounds that go with the individual letters as well.
Listening comprehension will be another major focus of P.R.E.P. What does it take to be a good listener? The answer is paying attention and making mental movies as we listen. If we can visualize the scene as we listen to our teachers giving directions or explaining concepts, we can listen actively and ask questions and make appropriate comments. If we let our minds drift or we fail to make mental movies, we will not know what is going on in class.
Story Telling (Narrative) Development
P.R.E.P. will address the ability to tell stories…..another critical skill for academic success. The books that we read, whether they are 10 page picture books or 1000 page novels, are based on story grammar. Books start with a setting and particular characters. There is an initiating event that kicks off a conflict in the story. The characters react to that conflict, both internally with feelings of anger or anxiety, and externally, with attempts to solve their problem. They keep working on their problem until they decide to let it go or it is solved. And then there is an ending…..”They lived happily ever after” or “they never saw each other again”. That simple story grammar may be duplicated over and over again in a single adult novel….but it is always there. Participants of P.R.E.P. will learn to tell stories….simple stories….about books they hear and personal events….to prepare them for their first primer reading books and for writing their first book summaries.
Math is another critical skill for academic success. Participants of P.R.E.P. will learn basic math concepts. They will learn to associate the number symbols with the appropriate number of objects. They will also learn to make a mental number line…..a number line in their heads…..and count up and down their mental number lines to prepare them for basic addition and subtraction.
It is never too early to address social thinking. That means getting inside other people’s heads and determining what they are thinking about us. Good social thinkers do the expected; they take turns, share, balance talking and listening and negotiate to solve problems. Poor social thinkers do just the opposite; they eventually become behavior problems or social outcasts.
As part of our P.R.E.P. program, we model and practice good social thinking. Our students learn to keep mental files on their family and friends so they can ask questions about them to show their interest. This prepares our students to make and keep friends; it also gives them the skills they need to think like the characters in books, to determine their motivations and infer their feelings to give our students excellent reading comprehension.
Where Will P.R.E.P be offered?
P.R.E.P. will be offered in our offices or at your child’s school. If these classes are not currently available at your school, contact your director to discuss the possibility of making the necessary arrangements.
How Can We Help?
The specialists at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates are professional speech and language therapists, many with over 25 years of experience in communicative disorders. Licensed by the state of California as speech-language pathologists, our therapists have also completed advanced training in specific techniques to enhance oral and written communication. Therapists have been trained to help children with social challenges using Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Curriculum. To help those with delayed speech development, therapists have taken advanced training in the Talk Tools approach to oral motor therapy and the Cycles approach to phonology. Having attended the Childhood Apraxia (CASANA) Conference, therapists have been trained to use the Kaufman, Strand and Prompt methodologies, among others, to help those with apraxia of speech. Therapists have studied the various methodologies recommended to treat children on the autism spectrum including PECS and Floortime. They are equipped to help nonverbal children using American Sign Language (ASL) and Alternative and Augmentative (AAC) devices. To facilitate the development of reading and written language development, therapists have attended training programs from coast to coast including post-graduate courses offered by the Landmark School of Education, the Wilson Reading System (based on Orton Gillingham) and the complete range of programs developed by Lindamood Bell including LIPS, Visualizing and Verbalizing, On Cloud 9 Math and Seeing Stars. Therapists have also been certified by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) to diagnose and treat breathing and swallowing problems related to unhealthy oral resting postures, sucking habits and tongue thrust.