Specialized Reading Programs (K-8)
Saint Francis School has chosen to utilize the Wilson Reading System® in working with students who have difficulty with phonemic awareness, decoding, and encoding. Wilson is a highly-structured curriculum based on Orton-Gillingham principles. The school uses three separate Wilson Reading System® components:
Fundations® in grades K – 3 gives all students a thorough foundation in basic phonics acquisition. It thoroughly teaches the foundational skills of the Common Core State Standards and supports the reading standards, writing standards, and standards for language. Fundations® is a supplemental prevention or early intervention program designed to be used in conjunction with our existing literature-based reading instruction.
We chose the Wilson Reading System® because it is a finite program based on students completing the entire Wilson curriculum, consisting of a set number of books with each book containing lessons on the application of phonemic rules when reading and spelling. We feel that this is a much more concrete presentation for students who are having difficulty with phonics. The students have twenty-two periods of Wilson the first year and fifteen periods the second year.
Trained Faculty- Our faculty participates in specialized training prior to teaching any of the Wilson programs and has earned Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and/or Wilson Dyslexia Therapist certifications.