The Comprehension Kids Program
…includes five parts that may be used in whole or in part within existing reading programs to boost instructional success. The Comprehension Kids pieces fit together to solve the puzzle of beginning reading instruction. The program provides a step by step approach to help early childhood students (K-2) transition from concrete experiences to independent reading. Each comprehension strategy is explicitly presented to allow young minds to grasp these abstract concepts.
The Comprehension Kids have multiple connections visually, textually and conceptually that reinforce the thought processes for each comprehension strategy that develop independent readers.
The RC or Reality Check, is a quick, inexpensive, concrete experience to introduce students to the comprehension strategy. Here, real life experiences are used to create a foundation for understanding abstract concepts. It hits young readers where they live. This is the point where they become engaged and excited about reading!
Demo texts or Demonstration Texts are children’s literature in which story characters illustrate the application of a comprehension strategy. These books offer a different approach to modeling. The book characters model the thought process used in the strategy.
The songs are simply the thought process for each strategy put to music. Musical connections provide an easy way for children to remember how to think about each strategy. The catchy lyrics and familiar tune of each song teaches the children how to apply the strategy that they are learning.
The IGO or Interactive Graphic Organizer is-just as the name implies- a very visual and interactive way to help students to understand the thought process of each strategy. The majority of graphic organizers used in this program were adapted for use from Dinah Zike, the Foldables Lady.
The Comprehension Kids are characters who portray adult careers that illustrate the thought processes used automatically by good readers. The kids add another layer of scaffolding to the comprehension process by helping beginning readers visualize the strategy being taught. The rich metaphors represented in The Kids, along with their single color dominance, help students store new knowledge in their long-term memory. The on-going visual of The Kid in the classroom provides a constant reminder of the newly learned strategy.