How Read3 fits within your school literacy program
Read3 is designed to address the needs of students who are experiencing significant reading problems and/or are unresponsive to Tier 1 or Tier 2 efforts.
The recommendation for best outcomes when teaching reading and spelling in the early years is to use a systematic synthetic phonics program (SSPP). This Tier 1 program is delivered to the whole class.
Children who don’t keep pace with class learning are offered additional support using the SSPP in a small group setting (Tier 2).
Children who continue to struggle with the Tier 2 approach often have multiple processing difficulties and should be offered intensive individualised instruction (Tier 3).
Tier 3 intervention (5-9 year olds)
There are very few Tier 3 programs available to assist children with significant literacy challenges. In most instances, the Tier 3 intervention offered in a school is the same program used for Tier 1 and Tier 2 but provided individually and more intensively. Even with this level of support, children with multiple processing difficulties often reach middle primary school with literacy skills well below year-level benchmarks. There is significant research to show that the strategies incorporated in many quality SSPPs are not effective for children with more severe literacy challenges or multiple processing deficits.
Read3 is a Tier 3 intervention program for children as young as 5 years who are showing signs of reading difficulty. A short screening procedure in Mid-Prep can reliably identify these children.
Read3 is a comprehensive, all-inclusive downloadable program that requires no training. Each step of the program is supported by videos and scripted explicit instruction. All lesson materials are available to download including game cards, activity sheets and instructions. A carefully curated list of resources provides recommendations for decodable readers, apps and computer games to match each step.
Read3 integrates systematic synthetic phonics instruction with targeted phonemic awareness and fluency training. It uses the same structure and sequence as many Tier 1 programs, but evidence-based strategies are incorporated to support the specific processing weaknesses known to impact children at-risk of reading failure.
For effective outcomes, Tier 3 intervention should be undertaken at least 5 times per week. Read3 can be administered daily at school by learning support staff, including teacher aides, as detailed instructions, including videos and scripted lessons are included and accessed via your professional login. If learning support services are limited, the program can be administered by a parent/carer at home and strategies reinforced in the classroom on a daily basis. Our game-based approach motivates children and increases learning engagement.
Tier 2 intervention (Prep and Year 1)
Read3 has been successfully used as a Tier 2 intervention in small groups settings. Within each 30 minute session children will be working on each of the three core processing skills. Our child-approved fun games have children mastering skills without even realising it.
Children with similar processing difficulties can be grouped and the intervention targeted accordingly. For example, if letter-sound knowledge is age-appropriate but phonemic awareness is poor, the bulk of each session can be focused on HEAR exercises. Your expertise as a learning support specialist will allow Read3 to be delivered effectively in a small group setting, as you can adjust programming to meet the individual needs of each child in the group.
At a Tier 2 level, successful outcomes are achieved when Read3 is administered over four sessions per week. The frequency of delivery helps accelerate gains and give children the best chance of returning to the Tier 1 classroom program. A list of curated resources, including recommended decodable readers, is provided for each step of the program, to ensure quality application of skills learned.
If resourcing at school does not allow for four sessions per week, the Read3 program should be supplemented with at-home practice via a dedicated parent login. A discount code for parents looking to purchase their own user login are included as part of the Professional Read3 package.
Supplement Tier 1 with the Easy Alphabet
The Easy Alphabet, which forms part of the Read3 resource kit, is a simple way to firmly establish sound-letter links for struggling learners, and has also been effective when teaching all young children letters and sounds.
Instead of a phonic alphabet, where picture cues link a word that starts with the same sound as the letter, the Easy Alphabet is an embedded mnemonic alphabet. It combines phonic cues with a picture and story cue plus explicit instruction on how to hear and say the sound. Children are then able to practice drawing the picture and writing the letter, which embeds the cues in memory. The story cue and directional arrow cues help eliminate letter reversals, a common problem for young children.
As the Easy Alphabet is effective for all children, including those that struggle to link sounds to letter shapes, you will be accommodating even the most vulnerable learners in your class ensuring every child gets off to the right start.
In addition, those children using Read3 in your school at a Tier 2 or Tier 3 level, will be further supported in their learning in the classroom as the same cueing system will be in place.
A range of Easy Alphabet products are available on the Read3 website, including A4 and A5 display cards, mnemonic worksheets and a deskmate with directional writing cues. View Easy Alphabet products.