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Superkids and 3 Reasons to Focus on Primary Reading Instruction
Success in beginning reading—learning how to turn print into meaning—is a key to reading success throughout students’ school career. Getting it right with evidence-based instruction is critical. To prevent students from falling behind and reduce the need for intervention, Zaner-Bloser® provides a comprehensive primary-grades curriculum for teaching the fundamentals of reading and writing: The Superkids Reading ProgramTM.
The program captivates students from the start with tales of the Superkids. These relatable characters and their ongoing adventures provide an engaging and cohesive framework for literacy success.
Superkids® is a comprehensive English language arts curriculum crafted for grades K–2 using evidence-based literacy practices and supported by a dedicated literacy team. This proven-effective program follows a unique, systematic, and explicit instructional path through engaging, increasingly complex text.
Growing and learning with the Superkids by their side, students develop the K–2 literacy skills they need to be successful in grade 3 and beyond.
Why focus on primary reading instruction? Teaching reading in these grades is the most urgent task in education today. Converging research from the fields of education and neuroscience supports this stance—and tells us how to best support teachers and students in the primary grades. Following are three of the top 10 reasons to focus on primary reading instruction.
REASON #7: Instruction counts.
The brain is not hard-wired for reading. Students must learn how to read and how they’re taught makes a difference. The right instruction can help develop the regions of the brain essential for proficient reading.
REASON #4: Building students’ capacity to read complex text starts with early exposure to different kinds of text.
Beginning readers not only need to secure their decoding skills with decodable text, but also need read-aloud experiences to build content knowledge, vocabulary, and listening comprehension. As their competence grows, students also need to read grade-appropriate complex text, with teacher mediation as necessary.
REASON #2: Early success with reading has lasting effects on motivation.
Success is critical for motivation. Students who struggle to decode begin to avoid reading, setting off a cycle of reading difficulties. Students who experience early success believe in their ability as readers and continue to read and reap the rewards of intrinsically motivated reading.
Curious about the remaining seven reasons? You can read the complete Top 10 Reasons to Focus on Primary Reading on our website. To learn more about The Superkids Reading Program, contact your Georgia sales representative Darlean Macon at 205.356.0142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.