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Comprehension with Ease® Program

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Research indicates that good readers use several well-developed skills as they draw meaning from the page. Besides figuring out words from contextual clues, they have to break the code of written language (called decoding) with correct phonetic processing. At the same time, they must quickly recognize common words and common patterns in words through visual processing.

The Reading Comprehension Strategies with Ease® program combines several research based programs providing students with simultaneous multi-sensory stimulation in their specific area of need. Our program develops phonetic and visual processing as well as reading fluency and self-monitoring.

Phonetic processing, or sounding out words, is the ability to discern the sounds and sequences of sounds in a word. We utilize the Phonics with Ease® to help students with weak phonemic awareness. By discovering, and then identifying how they make sounds, students are able to use articulatory feedback (feeling) to distinguish individual sounds for accurate reading, and to blend sounds for more accurate word attack. This new way of looking at the process can open doors for those students who just don’t seem to “get” how to sound out words.

Just as important as the ability to sound out words is the rapid word recognition of frequently seen words and patterns in words. Recalling these “sight words” requires a strong visual memory. The Reading with Ease® Program uses symbol imagery to strengthen visual memory. As students make a kinetic connection by “writing” in the air and on surfaces, they learn to create mental images of letters and words. Starting with simple exercises and moving to more complex, students learn to hold and manipulate letter patterns so that they can more readily recognize words and parts of words. As they increase their lexicon of sight words, students become more fluent in reading and more accurate in spelling.

As students move towards more complex words, our Morphology® Program explores the history of English for a deeper understanding of word structure and spelling. Most of the words in our language are of Old English, Latin or Greek origin. Students discover how to determine word origin and connect the history of language to word construction. Knowledge of word origin and the meaning of word parts provides a structure for understanding and remembering“sight-words” and their seemingly random spellings. Recognizing and understanding these patterns leads to improved visual memory for word recognition, spelling, and improved vocabulary.

The Reading with Ease® Program also utilizes QuickReads® – a research based fluency program. By charting their words read per minute on short passages, students become aware of their reading rate and accuracy. They also discover that reading as quickly as possible does not increase fluency. By practicing re-reading these passages, students “get the feel” of fluent reading and so can learn how to use expression to convey meaning. Students also read contextually from their own choice of books, continuing to self monitor by charting their accuracy.

As less effort is needed for decoding words, students are better able to engage in the meaning of what they are reading, and can begin to experience the pleasure of improving their reading comprehension skills.

A Step By Step Program for Reading Skills

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Word Attack
  • Word Recognition
  • Reading Fluency
  • Spelling
  • Kinetic Connections
  • Visual Memory
  • Vocabulary