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SCIENCE OF READING

All students can successfully attain reading proficiency by beginning with strong foundations based on research.

Phonics, Reading,

and Me Program Overview

Get a closer look at this breakthrough K–3 reading program.

Phonics and Reading,

Guided by Science

Reading is not a natural process and does not come easily for all students. The instruction in Phonics, Reading, and Me™ is guided by the science of reading for how students learn to read best.

science of reading

Phonics, Reading, and Me:

  • Prioritizes phonics and word study skills 
  • Focuses on rich fictional and informational texts that provide ample word and skills practice
  • Provides multiple opportunities to read, talk, and write

 

  • Teaches high-utility skills by reading words with similar patterns.
  • Solidifies learning through multimodal practice with letter tiles, responsive writing, mini student books digital activities, and more.
  • Connects reading, writing, and language skills. 

 

Systematic, Explicit Instruction

Phonics, Reading, and Me™  is structured to teach systematic phonics skills in the service of reading comprehension. The program’s scope and sequence focuses on the essential skills students need to read proficiently, so that small-group time is efficient and effective. 

 

Systematic — The program is systematic because students progress from simpler to more complex skills that lead to reading proficiency. 

Explicit —  Each lesson provides teachers with explicit teaching routines to reinforce phonics and word study skills.

Students Learn Along Same Path
Toward Proficiency 

Phonics, Reading, and Me is built on the belief that all students have the right to read. Some students may need extensive direct instruction, modeling, and repetition. But all students benefit from purposeful practice and a high volume of reading.

  • All students read the same highly decodable multicriteria texts 
  • Students receive different reading scaffolds and extensions
  • Students’ progress is monitored using digital learning reports 
  • Real time data reporting give teachers what they need to make flexible groups to meet students where they are. 
  • Every lesson is designed to help teachers differentiate using scaffolded supports.
  • Instruction provides support for articulation, blending, and multilingual learners 

Building Skills and
Building Knowledge 

Phonics, Reading, and Me has multiple thematic units which allow students to build deeper knowledge and vocabulary about a variety of topics while enhancing phonics and word study skills.

PHONEMIC AWARENESS — Focus In grades K–1 
FLUENCY — Focus In grades 2–3 

  • Extensive decoding and encoding
  • Considerate cognitive load in each text
  • Meaningful texts with comprehension questions
  • Oral language through small group and partner conversations

Integrated Early Literacy Skills

As students combine their decoding skills with sight-word recognition, they are building reading fluency.

Phonemic Awareness 
Every lesson has a brief warm-up with phonemic awareness that leads into phonics instruction. Teachers will provide a model for words and sounds that children will hear and say.

High-Frequency Words 
Children strengthen their automaticity when they encounter high-frequency words in the program’s texts.  

Automatic Word Recognition 
Automatic word recognition is important to ensure that children can read sight words effortlessly, whether they learned words by decoding or by recognizing parts they know when they read.