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Literacy Programs at BCA.

Saxon Phonic K-2

Saxon Phonics applies incremental, spiraling principals where the new content is taught by direct instruction in small increments, then continually applied and reviewed to achieve mastery and retention. The programs teach phonics, spelling, and handwriting simultaneously through the use of letter tiles, games, worksheets, fluency readers and decodable readers.

Collaborative Classroom Making Meaning

Making Meaning is a research-based reading program designed to teach comprehension and self-monitoring strategies that proficient readers use to make sense of text.  Lessons are designed to model fluency and comprehension strategies through the use of trade book followed by individualized daily reading (IDR) time which allows students to then practice the comprehension strategies at their instructional reading level. Vocabulary lessons combine direct instruction of word meanings with engaging activities that teach high-utility words found in the Making Meaning read-aloud texts.

Collaborative Classroom Being a Writer

Being a Writer is a complementary curriculum to the Making Meaning reading program. This research-based writing instruction utilizes a workshop model and teaches the writing process through the use of read-aloud texts. The program allows ample time for independent writing practice and conferring, which provides students with immediate feedback so that they can develop as writers.  Writing conventions and skills instruction is embedded in the program and are taught through mini-lessons and practiced in their Student Skills Practice Book on a regular basis.

Reading Counts 

Reading Counts is a motivational reading program created by Scholastic, one of the leading textbook publishers in the United States.  Scholastic has created a test for over 43,000 books, and each one has a value attached. The test checks for comprehension and retention of subject material contained in the book.  Once a student has read an approved book, they may then take the short test on one of our devices here at school. When they pass, they are awarded the point value of the test. These points are accumulated to be spent in the Reading Counts store once a month and also goes towards an annual grade goal.  These goals are based on the national average.  Every student who achieves the grade goal will receive a trophy at the end of the school year.

Reading Counts FAQ

Three times a year students are assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading