Five educators in the Cattaraugus/Little Valley School District sat down on the morning of January 28th to learn more about Reading Eggs, a comprehensive, online supplemental literacy program for pre-K through 2nd grade readers. Reading Eggs is just one of many digital media resources available to our component school districts. Grounded in extensive educational research, the Reading Eggs program builds on and reinforces the five pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
During the training, the teachers got the chance to work with the program from both their perspective and the students’. The teacher viewpoint allows them to set up classes and then add and manage students within that class. Once this is set up, Reading Eggs becomes a very student centered activity. The largely independent use of the resource by students means that it is easy to integrate it into the school day, as the children are able to make use of Reading Eggs during transitional points, such as morning work. The lessons are able to be completed in a relatively short time. Additionally, the rapidity of learning activities within the resource also works well with students who tend to experience difficulties with concentration and resilience when learning.
The potential for differentiation is considerable as the diagnostic placement assessment means that the children start at exactly the right point and can progress forwards from this point at a speed which is appropriate for their learning.
This world of interactive reading and writing activities helps set kids up with positive attitudes about reading and learning for life. That’s a tall order, we know, but we are passionately committed to delivering this to hatching readers everywhere.
By: Alexandra L. Freer, CA BOCES