Wired For Reading®
The Wired For Reading® curriculum addresses phonological processing challenges (the ability to hear and recall sounds in spoken words) by teaching children to understand the relationship between speech and sound before attaching letters. The curriculum starts by teaching students to become linguistic scientists studying the science of sounds and using their mouths as learning labs. Sounds are organized by place, manner and voice. This allows the student to see, feel, and hear sounds when they are speaking, reading and spelling to determine corresponding letters and their order. Brain research has shown that going from mouth to sound to letter is more natural for the brain and more concrete.
Many parents learned to read by learning the letter names, how to write them and then their sounds. A confusing aspect of this typical phonics instruction is that some letters have more than one sound and their names often don’t correspond to their sounds. So when a student who has had typical phonics instruction begins to read or write, the only way he/she has to decode is by recalling the letters and their sounds. If the child’s phonological awareness, visual sketchpad and working memory are weak, this can be challenging. The Wired For Reading® curriculum addresses these issues by using drama, art, music, and adapted ASL. These multi-sensory strategies make learning more fun and give students a toolkit of multiple strategies for reading and spelling.