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Features a blend of print and technology formats
Early Reading Skills Builder(ERSB) curriculum is a NEXT step in learning to read (following instruction in early literacy). ERSB is a multi-year reading program that addresses the five components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. It was written for students who have moderate-to-severe intellectual disabilities, including autism, but students with mild disabilities may also find the pace and discrete steps helpful.
Built on systematic instruction, the 26 levels in the curriculum move students from an early literacy level to a second grade reading level. A Teacher’s Manual provides directions and the accompanying software program helps students—including nonverbal students—practice and communicate what they know. See the Video tab below to view student learning in action.
ERSB is a natural follow-up to Early Literacy Skills Builder curriculum (which addresses early literacy skills, sound-symbol correspondence, phonological awareness, print awareness, comprehension, and beginning sight words). The curriculum aligns to the common core state standards in reading literature and foundation skills for grades K-2.
ERSB has proven success. Two and a half years of research (funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Small Business Innovation Research Program, under the working title GoTalk Phonics) through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte proved Early Reading Skills Builder is a highly effective reading program. See the Research tab below.
Detailed scope and sequence - Teacher's Manual
Scripted lessons with prompting built in - Engaging software (or iPad App) for skill instruction
26 levels of instruction - Student books for independent reading
Customizable for student needs
Automatic progress monitoring
Automatic level adjustment so students move at their own pace
Proven effective via research
Letter-Sounds—First, students learn (or review) letters and the sounds they make.
First Sounds—Next, they identify the first sound they hear in words.
Blending/Segmenting—Then, they blend sounds to form words and also segment words into individual phonemes.
Decoding—Using these skills, they decode and read written words.
Sight Words—Finally, students learn some words by sight to prepare for story reading.