The Comprehension Kids program was developed in an effort to try to bridge the gap between educational research and classroom reality. The Kids four-part foundation to the instruction of the abstract comprehension strategies is built on:
Capturing student’s attention and keeping them engaged
“Novel or interesting or threatening stimuli are more likely to garner our attention. If there are colorful visuals, interesting or startling sounds, things to examine (tactile), even things to smell or taste, one of these will draw our attention.” Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt The Motivated Brain
The Comprehension Kids program supplies novel experiences that are concrete and interactive.
Teaching to reach them all
“Just as consumers know that a one-size-fits-all won’t work when buying a pair of jeans, educators know that one standard approach to teaching will not meet the needs of all or even most students. Without an attempt to vary instruction to meet the individual needs of each student, the curriculum is bound to bore some and baffle others. Differentiated instruction is the key to reaching all students.” Catlin R. Tucker author of Blended Learning and Blended Learning in Action
The Comprehension Kids program employs the use of music, movement, color
Make it have
meaning and becoming memorable
“Chunking is a strategy used to reduce the cognitive load as the learner processes information. The learner groups content into small manageable units making the information easier to process.” The Peak Performance Center
“Little in education has as much influence on students’ academic and personal success as the metaphors and analogies teachers use to make unfamiliar concepts clear.” Rick Wormeli Metaphors and Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject
The Comprehension Kids program utilizes metaphors, chunking, and explicit instruction to make thinking visible.
Graves and Fitzgerald (2003) note that “effective instruction often follows a progression in which teachers gradually do less of the work and students gradually assume increased responsibility for their learning. It is through this process of gradually assuming more and more responsibility for their learning that students become
The Comprehension Kids program provides step by step directions for implementing gradual release of control of the thought processes within the comprehension strategies.