Fisher Hill’s English Literacy Program helps students developing reading and writing fluency. The program is geared toward Spanish speaking students but all students who need to learn to read and write can benefit from this program.
The program uses Orton-Gillingham principles to teach reading and spelling. The Orton-Gillingham approach uses structured, explicit, systematic and multisensory procedures in teaching the forty-four speech sounds. These speech sounds are used to read, spell and help with fluency.
Fluency comes with having good decoding skills in reading. Practicing decoding skills can help a person become a fluent reader. Once a person is fluent then the reader begins to read with automaticity. With automaticity, readers can then think about what they’re reading instead of using their brains to figure out unknown words. Once readers can think about what they’re reading they can then comprehend, summarize, infer and analyze what they’re reading. This all comes with practice whether you’re practicing decoding skills or fuency skills.
Fisher Hill has a program that helps students become fluent readers who can then begin to read with automaticity. The program starts with teaching decoding skills. The first book to use would be English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. This series uses a very systematic, explicit approach to teaching the forty-four speech sounds used in the English language. After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish SpeakerBook 1, students are ready to practice their decoding skills by using English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. This comprehension workbook provides students with fluency practice which will help them to acquire automoticity in reading.
Students can begin writing by using English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. They can improve their vocabulary by using English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker Book 1 which reviews the vocabulary presented in English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish SpeakerBook 1. After completing the Book Ones in the program, students can begin the Book Twos. The four series, each series contains six workbooks, were written to be used together. By using the four series together, students get a good foundation in English literacy.
Students like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish but the activies are in English plus there’s lots of pictures. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go! There’s an answer key at the the end of each lesson and an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of each book.
Level 1 in the program. There are six levels.