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Phonics Workshop for Reading Development (Grades K-4)


Karen McWatters Pervier

This program is for beginning readers who are solidifying their phonics skills to help them develop their reading decoding and encoding skills. Our workshop will focus on multi-sensory, sequential instruction of a structured phonics program based on the Orton Gillingham methodology. In order to maximize the effectiveness of instruction, students will be required to complete a short phonics evaluation prior to the workshop. This assessment will help identify their strengths and weaknesses in phonics decoding and encoding. Based on the outcome of a student's initial phonics evaluation, the student will be placed in one of the following levels:


Level 1: Students should have knowledge of all letters and sounds but need more practice and reinforcement in these skills. At this level, student will develop more fluency in sound/symbol relationships for both encoding and decoding and discrimination of short vowel sounds. This workshop will begin with practice in encoding and decoding "cvc" words, identifying syllable types, and continue on to consonant blends.

Level 2: Students should have solid knowledge of sound/symbol relationships and can discriminate short vowel sounds. They should feel comfortable with "cvc" words. This workshop will begin with a short practice of foundation skills such as "cvc" and consonant blends. Most of the workshop will focus on decoding and encoding magic "e" words with suffixes. In addition, students will practice decoding and encoding two syllable words.

Level 3: Students should have solid knowledge of sound/symbol relationships, short/long vowel sounds, "cvc", consonant blends, magic "e" and digraphs. This workshop will begin with a short practice of magic "e" words plus suffixes and continue to r-controlled words and vowel teams. In addition, students will practice decoding and encoding various combinations of two syllable words.

Once you have registered with Community Ed., Karen will contact you to set up the pre-class evaluation. These will be scheduled for the evenings of April 10 or 11.

Karen Pervier lives in Boxborough and is a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's Reading Program with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Reading. Karen has been trained in Orton Gillingham, Wilson, Telian, Project Read, and LIPs. She is currently working as a reading specialist in Westford Public Schools. In addition, she is taking classes at Carroll School.




Beg. 4/21

Level 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Level 2: 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Level 3: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm.

4 weeks

HS Room 144S



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