• book on desk Houghton Mifflin Reading Program

     First Grade Parent Summary

    The Houghton Mifflin First Grade Reading Program uses a theme approach to teach reading


    The program's components are:
    * phonics decoding
    * high-frequency words
    * comprehension skills
    * reading strategies
    * spelling, grammar and writing
    It is through this theme approach that the reading skills are taught and practiced and assessed.
    * Each module is three weeks in length.
    * During this time the students learn phonics decoding skills and are taught high frequency words.
    * Students practice reading strategies and develop comprehension skills.
    * Students learn how to grammatically spell, speak and write.
    This practical reading approach meets student needs through:
    * teacher instruction

    * small group instruction    

    * peer interactive practice

    * additional reading practice in flexible groups

    * home evening reading practices

    * assessments

    To support this program, parents and guardians can:

    * Be attentive to the daily and weekly schedules that your child follows in the reading program.
    * Practice the weekly sounds your child learns.
    * Practice the high frequency words, so your child can read and write these words.
    * Have your child read to you, asking those questions that answer who? what? when? where? why? how? about the reading they do.
    * Model good reading for your child and help to develop a love for reading.