The Classroom ReadingKEY Vocabulary Building Program
Classroom ReadingKey Basics
program is truly the best I've come across in over 30 years of teaching.
After using your program
for only 6 weeks, I have seen an incredible increase in my students'
The results have been nothing
short of astounding. It is high interest in nature and produces clearly
My class is reading much better than this time
last year. The other first grade teachers are now wanting to use your
I can't tell you how much the
program has helped my kids! I've taught for about 26 years now and I can't
remember a program I've seen that was as helpful. I've told all the
teachers in my school about it.
program is really great. I find it more effective than the reading series
we have right now. Since I work with Literacy Groups, it's more
interesting colorful and effective. -
Finally! - a reading vocabulary improvement program that has identified the specific reading words students need to master for each grade in Grades 1 through Grade 5. After extensive computer analysis of elementary textbooks for word "frequency of occurrence," we have compiled the most "intelligent" reading vocabulary list for elementary school classroom use. Words are organized from "most-common" to "least-common," thereby providing the perfect order for instruction throughout the year. By using the TampaRead's ReadingKey Program, you'll have the confidence of knowing your students are making the steady "on-schedule" progress needed in order to be reading on grade level as well as score above average when it's time for the "end of year" testing.
With over 15 years research invested, we have identified the precise reading vocabulary students need to learn in order to score in the top 10% for their grade level on national reading tests (i.e. Stanford Achievement Test - Woodcock Johnson).
For example, Grade 1 students need to master the 340 "most-common" words in reading books in order to score in the top 10% of students nationally. For comparison, students who have mastered only 220-240 words typically score at the 50th percentile on the nationally normed Stanford Achievement Test - figures derived from testing 100 students in four first grade classes in a Tampa, Florida public school. To be reading in the top 10% (90th percentile) for Grades 2 through 5, our research shows students need to master between 750-850 new words each year. Students mastering only 550-650 words for any given grade level score at approximately the 50th percentile (half the students higher and half the students lower). Understanding these numbers, and how they correspond to reading level, certainly helps clarify goals and priorities as reading instructors.
Upon understanding the "mathematics" of reading vocabulary and reading level - the next question to answer is - What is the best method of instruction? - Are there strategies available to enable students to learn these words more efficiently than traditional methods? The answer is an absolute - YES!
Part of today's reading instruction problem lies in the fact that students vary dramatically in how quickly they can learn to read. While some students are "natural" born readers who can learn (memorize new words) under almost any circumstance and with any type of instruction, the majority of students are not this fortunate. Therefore, we as educators need to acknowledge this potential for difference, and understand there can in fact be other methods of instruction that are superior for accomplishing specific goals in the "learning-to-read" process. When it comes to improving reading vocabulary quickly in students of any age, we think you'll agree there is no other program that comes close to being as effective as the TampaRead's ReadingKey Program.
So, how does the human brain learn best? Is learning just a random process that occurs at the same rate no matter what we do as instructors?
Research in neuroscience has shed fascinating light on techniques that greatly enhance the ability of the human mind to learn new information (especially in children who are not natural readers). It is our job as educators to know what these techniques are and to put them into use in the classroom.
The Foundation of ReadingKey
Studies of human memory have found that the mind can generally retain seven "chunks" of information at a time in its short term memory. If we practice this information in a variety of ways, before moving onto something new, then memorization (transfer into the long-term memory) will occur with much greater speed. ReadingKey teaches 24 - 28 words per week in its program for Grades 2 - 5. This works out to 6-7 words per day - the perfect number for the short-term memory to work with.
Below is a summary of the primary memorization techniques which make ReadingKey a superior program for improving reading skills in students of all ages.
ReadingKey's Main Points
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I used it (Hooked on
Phonics) for 2 days and put it back in the box and went back to the
I have tried both
Sylvan Learning Center and the TampaRead's (ReadingKey) Program and this
program has been much more successful.
I must say that TampaRead's (ReadingKey)
has Hooked on Phonics beat... I am soooo pleased with this program..
I love this program. My children are
already excited about using it. I home school 1st, 3rd and 6th grade
children and haven't seen a better program out there.
We are a home schooling family of nine
children, the last three of which have been using the program for the last
two months... After just this short time, I see what to me is an amazing
difference. Not only that, but they are enjoying it tremendously.