Jan 13, 2009
On 5/08/07, Clark wrote:
> I use the kindergarten Read Well program for my special education
> students. It works fairly well but I find my students need more
> practice to learn the words. I decided to write some simple stories
> for them to have more materials to read. That seems to help. I
> share my stories for free with other teachers and parents on my
> website www.clarkness.com. Please feel free to use my site as a
> resource for helping to support your Read Well program. If you find
> the stories helpful, I encourage you to share my site with other
> teachers and parents. My goal is to help students learn to read.
> On 4/07/07, Shannon in Kindergarten wrote:
>> I teach Readwell in Kindergarten and I love the small group
>> and parts of the whole group. This program really focuses on
>> decoding words, however, there are a couple of things that I wish
>> were different:
>> 1-I wish there was an intervention component for my struggling
>> readers that seem to hit a wall by unit 10 in small group. My
>> solution(or what I am attempting) is to just stop the Readwell for
>> them(2 students) and just go back to word families/letter
>> games that hopefully will help them with blending and reading.
>> 2-There is no time built into the whole group to show,model,do the
>> games/activities that they will be doing at their literacy
>> while I teach small groups. I have to find another time to do
>> with them.
>> And, of course, there are other minor things that I have nitpicked
>> but that I just live with(or change).
>> I'm glad I found this chatboard and hope that I get some good
>> On 4/04/07, th wrote:
>>> On 3/17/07, Third grade wrote:
>>>> On 3/17/07, Praline wrote:
>>>>> Yes Mindy, I support your opinion of Read Well and We Can
>>>>> the preschool version. It is not a miracle worker. It is
>>>>> supported by NCLB and one day I suspect we will learn
>>>>> the "feds" pushing NCLB have stock in Sopris West, the
>>>>> publishing co. My sympathies are with you.
>>>>> On 3/13/07, Mindy wrote:
>>>>>> I teach in a school that is insisting that the Read Well
>>>>>> program is our miracle!!! I have very strong negative
>>>>>> feeling about this program. Does anyone out there have
>>>>>> those feeling??? I need some support.
>>>> I was part of a group of teachers choosing between three
>>>> intervention programs. We evaluated them and listened to three
>>>> speakers. We chose Read Well as our third choice but our
>>>> county chose it as first choice. (Cheapest Program) I felt
>>>> like it was a waste of our time to evaluate them. We have
>>>> since purchased Read Well Plus and SRA.
>>> I taught Read Well at kindergarten level and LOVED IT. I now
>>> teach in a different system and I am not currently teaching the
>>> program. My students made more progress than any other year I
>>> taught. Maybe it was just at the kindergarten level. 100&37; of
>>> students benchmarked and were reading well by the end of the
>>> kindergarten year. Most of them have tested out of read well
>>> plus at this time of their first grade year.
Jan 13, 2009
I teach Read Well K in Montgomery AL. Our school district is one that
is shown in the progression models in the Read Well manuals of how Read
Well has impacted schools. I personnally do not love Read Well because
of having to do the same activities each week. Sometimes I am about to
fall asleep trying to get through the lessons. We try to pep them up by
making up dances to go with the cheer and the songs. This really helps
my kids get excited about the program. I know that repetition is a key
factor in a child learning, but a little change would be nice for my
The best compliment that I have heard was from a 3rd grade teacher who
said that in the past few years she has never had children that if they
didn't know a word by sight, they would break it apart and blend the
sounds and figure it out. As boring as it may be sometimes, this
program really works well for our kids. It is worth a try!!