What is involved in a reading tutor session?
An individual session includes fluency work, spelling, and comprehension work utilizing Reading A-Z books, RAZ-Kids, and Brain Quest. All these tools are used accordingly to the individualized plan put together for a student, along with the programs within the child's district.
What is RAZ-Kids, and how does it help my child to read?
O-I-See Youth Strategies, LLC utilizes RAZ-Kids as part of our tutoring curriculum for children of all ages. It is an interactive reading tool for students to practice reading fluency and comprehension on their own or with an educator. The books are generally shorter in length (compared to chapter books) which allows both the educator and child to focus on the issue at hand while avoiding anxiety over reading "chapter" books. Furthermore, the children can also listen to a book, take a short quiz after reading the book, and interact with their own personalized Rocket Room (an incentive to keep reading). RAZ-Kids is a perfect reading tool for our growing technology savvy world!
Visit www.readinga-z.com to learn more about RAZ-kids. Parents receive a FREE membership for a year when signing up for a program with O-I-See Youth Strategies.
Do schools in Saint Croix County (WI) utilize the RAZ-Kids program?
Many teachers utilize RAZ-Kids in classrooms across the nation. As of 2012, Saint Croix Central Elementary in Roberts, WI utilizes RAZ-Kids with their reading curriculum for all students.
Visit www.readinga-z.com to learn more about RAZ-Kids. Parents receive a membership FREE for a year when signing up for a program with O-I-See Youth Strategies.
Do Reading A-Z leveled books match Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (used within schools)?
Many local school districts utilize the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. Reading A-Z matches the Fountas & Pinnell system until letter J. It is at the letter K where Reading A-Z's lettered levels are typically one letter behind the Fountas & Pinnell leveling. In other words, a child who is reading a RAZ-Kids level K would match reading a Fountas & Pinnell level J. This continues until level Z. Visit www.fountasandpinnellleveledbooks.com/aboutLeveledTexts.aspx to learn more about the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.
Is my child on "grade level" with their lettered reading level given by their classroom teacher?
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System has the text gradient as follows: Kindergarten A-C, 1st Grade B-I, 2nd Grade H-M, 3rd Grade L-P, 4th Grade O-T, 5th Grade S-W, 6th Grade V-Y, and 7th and above X-Z. Most school systems within the Wisconsin St. Croix County follow this system. Please refer to the provided link for other common reading programs such as Basal, DRP, Reading Recovery, DRA, and Lexile www.docstoc.com/docs/38230772/Reading-Grade-Level-Comparison-Chart. A good and fair question for teachers would be what program their school uses to teach children reading. Doing a simple google search on the program is a great window into a child's daily world, and being able to help him or her.
How long is each session?
Each session for all ages is 60 minutes.
What is included in the reading testing to determine a child's strengths and weaknesses?
The reading tests to assess our students are relatively simple and focus on back-to-the-basics reading. The testing O-I-See tutors cover in the initial meeting with a child includes an assessment of sound and sight alphabet recognition, 1000 Word Fry Sight Word Recognition (age leveled), El Paso Phonics tool, and a Reading A-Z Fluency/comprehension check. The tutor will explain all the tools to the child first before administering the tests to ensure the child's comfort. These assessments will be a window into the child’s reading strengths and weaknesses so the parents and tutor can form a tutoring plan/recommendation.
What part of the brain is used for reading fluency and comprehension?
"In order to read, many different areas of the brain need to work together. When reading, brain function starts with sight. As the eyes focus on letters, an area on the back of the brain -- called the primary visual cortex -- becomes highly activated. Instantly, impulses travel along the network of cells, or neurons, firing up areas needed to decipher letters and give them meaning. Another key region is called Broca's area, named after the French anthropologist who first described it in the 1860s, where words are sliced into smaller units of sound. Broca's area is nestled inside the front of the brain. In the rear, left side of the brain sounds are put together with meanings in a region called the angular gyrus. Poor readers tend to have more activity in Broca's area and within the brain's right hemisphere, a sign that they are recruiting areas typically not used for reading to help with the task. In contrast, good readers show most activity in the rear, left of the brain. This implies that a good reader's brain quickly assigns sound to the word, freeing the brain for higher thinking." -Neuropsychologist, (1996).
Here is a great link to a pdf document where there are pictures of how the brain processes reading. http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/authors/pdfs/Reading_the_Brain.pdf
What exactly is a 504 plan implemented by schools?
Every school district addresses Section 504 in a different manner. Nonetheless, it is a federal statute and IS NOT OPTIONAL for educators to utilize in public school systems. It is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Most schools are able to administer a 504 plan for a child that has minor obstacles like a broken leg. The statute does not necessarily have to be a diagnosis of a disability or disorder. Here is a great link that gives in depth answers to some common questions in regards to 504 plans in our public systems: www.greatschools.org/special-education/legal-rights/868-section-504.gs.
What is Brief Solution Focused Therapy that O-I-See Youth utilizes during guidance and tutoring sessions?
Brief Solution Focused Therapy (defined by www.sfbta.org): "As the name suggests, it is about being brief and focusing on solutions, rather than on problems. Many professionals spend a great deal of time thinking, talking, and analyzing the problems, while the suffering goes on. It occurred to a team of mental health professionals at the Brief Family Therapy Center that so much time and energy, as well as many resources, are spent on talking about problems, rather than thinking about what might help us to get to solutions that would bring on realistic, reasonable relief in the best time possible."
What does it mean to be a ''licensed'' School Counselor?
A great link that explains what it means to be a "licensed" School Counselor in detail would be http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_sccontentglines. These guidlines are what every School Counselor needs to achieve and perform in the state of WI to receive a license for school counseling.