New Books for Special Ed Students

BY Kim Patterson

West Tisbury School

Project Description
Funds from this grant will be used to purchase educational materials from the Rainbow Resource Center and the Institute for Multi Sensory Education. The Alphabet Series of readers from the Rainbow Resource Center provide reading practice geared to an Orton-Gillingham phonogram presentation. The individual story books enable students to apply their phonics skills in context, practice target words, and review sound and sight words. The stories increase in difficulty as the lessons progress. Additionally, the books include questions designed to cover vocabulary, inferential comprehension and personal response.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The Spelling and Reading Practice workbooks are supports for assessing individual students’ growth.

Benefit to the students and the school
Students will increase their ability to identify upper and lower case letters, identify sound-symbol associations, and apply their increased understanding of phonetic skills to blend sounds for decoding words. Non-readers and struggling readers will experience success in being able to read stories that are phonetically controlled with increased fluency and comprehension.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
All materials would be available for other special (and general) education teachers so more students could benefit from these resources.