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.
I teacher ReadWell, and have been doing so for the last 5 years. It is
fairly boring and repetitive for me,but that is not what matters. It
really works for the students. I have been teaching for 25 years, and I
have never had so many children reading at such an advanced level as I
have for the past few years. I do enjoy the small group instruction a
lot. I do have to adapt a little....there are not enough letter
recognition or handwriting skills, but as a whole, I think it really
works for the students. Our school system as a whole has improved in
reading since Kindergarten has been using ReadWell.
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