Houghton Mifflin Reading ProgramFirst Grade Parent Summary
The Houghton Mifflin First Grade Reading Program uses a theme approach to teach readingThe program's components are:* phonics decoding* high-frequency words* comprehension skills* reading strategies* spelling, grammar and writingIt 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
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.