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Improving Reading With Dyslexia in Early Literacy

Improving Reading With Dyslexia in Early Literacy

Dyslexia, and other related co-occurring learning disorders like ADHD, can put affected students at a disadvantage. In a diverse classroom, the needs of such students can be overlooked, unless we pledge to take the necessary steps to provide the support they need.

In this article, Sprig covers the basics of dyslexia, and offers tips to improve reading with dyslexia in the early years of education.

Although dyslexia is non-curable, when properly managed, it’s possible for many dyslexic students to be proficient in reading!

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How Principals Can Improve Foundational Reading Skills at Their Schools

How Principals Can Improve Foundational Reading Skills at Their Schools

Improving foundational reading skills requires the collaborative effort of many. Sprig has written about these players in previous blogs. See for example, the primary teacher, the literacy specialist and the literacy coach. This article deals with the all important role of the school principal.

When enough principals adopt a validated, peer-reviewed approach to literacy, they can also influence the superintendents in their districts to try out evidence-based methods, which have been proven to reduce risk of reading failure.

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Early Literacy State of Affairs. 6 Major Ways to Make a Difference.

Early Literacy State of Affairs. 6 Major Ways to Make a Difference.

Given the current state of affairs for K-2 students, and for those from marginalized backgrounds, Sprig has identified six factors that make a positive difference in the learning outcomes of children.

These six factors, when understood properly, can be used to make a difference for students who are: struggling to read, just beginning to learn how to read, or going to start learning in the near future.

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Early Literacy Instruction for Primary School Teachers/Elementary Teachers

Early Literacy Instruction for Primary School Teachers/Elementary Teachers

Recently, there is more awareness about the immense value of early literacy. Studies continue to be published from various states showing that roughly a third of all K-2 students are missing early literacy benchmarks.

It’s a collective responsibility to ensure that the early literacy experience for children is optimized. Apart from parents, teachers spend the most time with kids in their daily lives during the school year. Their role in young students’ early literacy development is paramount to student success.

This article, Part 3 in our series, is dedicated to classroom teachers in early elementary grades who have a permanent seat at the early literacy dream team table. (Read Part 1 and Part 2.)

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Sprig Learning Partners With Joyful Literacy To Develop a New Evidence-Based Early Literacy Teacher App

Sprig Learning Partners With Joyful Literacy To Develop a New Evidence-Based Early Literacy Teacher App

Sprig Learning was purpose-built to help provide every student with a fair shot at success. To date, we have worked with schools across North America to improve the assessment process in the early years, support teachers and provide all young learners with the chance to succeed in both school and in life. We have helped thousands of early learners acquire the fundamentals of early literacy and numeracy.

Sprig Learning’s early literacy tools are built around the Science of Reading. To take the next big leap in early literacy innovation, Sprig is excited to partner with Dr. Janet Mort and her Joyful Literacy team to bring you Sprig Reading: Powered by Joyful Literacy! Joyful Literacy is a proven, evidence-based literacy framework that has consistently improved classrooms to 90% grade-level literacy achievement. Wherever it is implemented, the results soon follow!

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How Literacy Coaches Help Reading Achievement 101

How Literacy Coaches Help Reading Achievement 101

This week, we turn our attention to the literacy coach. Like the reading or literacy specialist, it’s another in-school role that plays an invaluable part in teaching school children how to read.

The literacy coach, or reading coach, is someone trained in early literacy and who is aware of all recent developments in reading research. They use these skills to show teachers how to more effectively help students learn to read.

The role of a literacy coach is multivarious. It involves planning for coaching, reviewing teaching and assessment practices, and organizing resources for early literacy instruction.

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The ABCs of Supporting Reading Specialists

The ABCs of Supporting Reading Specialists

Approximately 4 million students are enrolled in Grade 3 in the US in 2022. We regularly read reports from different states about the percentage of Grade 3 and Grade 4 students scoring below the state assessment level for reading proficiency. It ranges from 20% to as much as 60%.

Even if the lower quartile is considered, that means 1 million students are struggling to read in the US. It’s quite a daunting task for reading specialists, with each reading specialist, on average ,responsible for supporting 52 students!

In this article, we look at the nature of the job that is done by reading/literacy specialists, evidence of their effectiveness, and put forward ways in which we can better support them.

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The Undeniable Case for Early Literacy Intervention

The Undeniable Case for Early Literacy Intervention

Often the word “literacy intervention” conjures up thoughts that relate to cost-inefficiencies and doubts over its overall efficiency.

But with hundreds of reading intervention programs being used by thousands of schools, we are past the point of debating the usability of interventions.

Rather, the focus should be on how to best implement literacy interventions in schools.

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Design a Summer Reading Program for Early Literacy

Design a Summer Reading Program for Early Literacy

Indeed, schools should be well equipped to manage returning students that had varied summer experiences and were exposed to diverse learning opportunities. Some students may require more help than others in the form of one-on-one or group support.

But how can we mitigate the summer slide?

Or looking at it from a more positive angle, what if more learning opportunities were available during the summer so all students could continue to maintain and build their early literacy skills?

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The 20 Best Strategies for Teaching Early Math Skills

The 20 Best Strategies for Teaching Early Math Skills

In a study on school readiness and later achievement, it’s said that early math skills have even greater predictive power than reading and attention skills, when it comes to determining success.

Given math is such an integral part of early childhood education, we wanted to do a comprehensive roundup of all strategies written on this topic.

We present them in this article.

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Early Childhood Teachers— Creating the Perfect Team

Early Childhood Teachers— Creating the Perfect Team

Despite all the challenges commonly faced by teachers, they are committed to the teaching profession to help students.

It takes an enormous amount of effort and dedication to teach preschoolers, kindergarteners and students in the early elementary grades. That’s why Sprig Learning supports the teaching cause by designing holistic early learning programs for Pre-K to Grade 3.

For this year’s National Teacher Day, let’s take time to understand each teaching role to truly appreciate them!

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Using Play-based Technology to Teach Early Math Skills

Using Play-based Technology to Teach Early Math Skills

Encouraging and motivating a student during their early math experiences allows them to develop a keen interest in math. Such enjoyment and persistence in learning math pays off. Students explore creative ways to advance their learning instead of being discouraged and frustrated.

Play-based learning drives engagement in the early years.

Technology facilitates play.

In this article, we explore technology’s potential in teaching early math skills.

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Early Learning Student Successes From 3 Amazing Case Studies.

Early Learning Student Successes From 3 Amazing Case Studies.

It may be easier to raise the performance standards for some students, but it’s a much more difficult task to ensure all students receive the academic support they need.

Whether it’s creating the right vision for early learning, or writing a high-performing school improvement plan, Sprig aims to present what has worked for schools.

This article is the latest installment of our early learning school improvement series. We present 3 case studies from the US that resulted in early learning student success. Each case is followed by a takeaway.

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Applying the Science of Reading in Early Literacy Strategies

Applying the Science of Reading in Early Literacy Strategies

There are hundreds of different factors that determine literacy success, and there are potentially more factors that remain unresearched.

That being said, the evidence for the Science of Reading deserves thorough consideration from educators who are looking for ways to build early literacy skills in and develop proficient readers in their classrooms.

In this article, we look at how the Science of Reading informs early literacy strategies.

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Building Early Literacy Skills in Schools. Thoughtful Considerations.

Building Early Literacy Skills in Schools. Thoughtful Considerations.

Literacy is a science, and there is a plethora of things to consider when explaining variances in literacy outcomes.

For schools, timeliness is especially important in making a difference in building early literacy skills. A stitch in time saves nine.

In this article, Sprig Learning zeroes in on early literacy skills, and their impact on student outcomes.

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11 Reasons Why Holistic Learning Strengthens Early Learning

11 Reasons Why Holistic Learning Strengthens Early Learning

One of the major reasons is holistic learning’s connection to differentiated instruction, which enables educators to personalize learning for every early child. Sprig’s holistic assessments help educators identify the unique strengths, needs and learning interests of every child.

Here are 11 more reasons why holistic learning suits early learning so well.

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Improving Student Achievement in Early Learning [Findings From Over 30 Schools and 3 Case Studies]

Improving Student Achievement in Early Learning [Findings From Over 30 Schools and 3 Case Studies]

Sprig Learning is a purpose-built company that aims to provide every child a fair shot at success. Doing so requires the cooperation of many — administrators, teachers, parents, etc.

In order to best serve all learners, there should be a needs assessment conducted by school districts followed by school improvement plans that are written in accordance with the discovered needs.

By assessing what is working versus what is not, an action plan for school improvement can be set in motion.

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High-Performing School Improvement Plan [With 3 Actual Cases from Early Learning]

High-Performing School Improvement Plan [With 3 Actual Cases from Early Learning]

With the right school improvement plan, becoming a high-performing school is a reality. It’s best to learn from existing case studies. We present three of them in this article.

Sprig Learning designs high-quality and culturally enabling early literacy and numeracy programs for pre-K to Grade 3.

High-quality early learning programs are used by school districts all over North America to produce meaningful results and deliver the best outcomes for young students.

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Designing The Best Assessments in Early Childhood Education

Designing The Best Assessments in Early Childhood Education

Assessments are critical to early childhood education and development. We look at early learning assessment best practices to design the most effective assessments.

In school districts across Canada and the US, there is a standardized assessment delivered at the end of grade 3 or grade 4 which often represents the first standardized assessment in the early years. It also often marks the end of the primary school years. But in fact, a lot of the time, early childhood education begins with an assessment!

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The Essentials of An Early Childhood Teacher Schedule

The Essentials of An Early Childhood Teacher Schedule

How can educators be better supported in their daily schedules? The essential components of teacher schedules are explored in this article, to suggest areas where help can be accepted. By following a set structure, an educator ensures that they are fitting the best quality education possible in the time they have at the school with their students.

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What Can Sprig Learning Do for You?

What Can Sprig Learning Do for You?

Introducing Sprig Learning, the holistic early learning platform that provides every young student a fair shot at success. What does this mean for everyone involved? Whether you are a parent, a teacher, principal, a school district or community leader, an education innovator, or perhaps all of the above, Sprig’s products are designed to help everyone involved in early childhood education.

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3 Critical Reasons to Focus on Early Childhood Education Programs

3 Critical Reasons to Focus on Early Childhood Education Programs

Why are early childhood education programs of such importance in our society? Here are 3 critical reasons that break it down. Early childhood education is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the National Association for the Education of Young Children as birth to 8 years of age. This corresponds to pre-K to Grade 3 in the school system.

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The 4 Golden Rules of Early Literacy Development

The 4 Golden Rules of Early Literacy Development

Early literacy development is in the back of every Pre-K to grade 3 teacher’s mind. Apply these 4 golden rules to see young students become better readers and writers. Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to promote the joy of life-long learning. It’s never too late for anyone to improve their skill level in reading or writing. But it’s best if such a process starts early, hence the importance of early literacy!

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Augmented Reality in Early Childhood Education. More Than a Trend.

Augmented Reality in Early Childhood Education. More Than a Trend.

Will augmented reality work in early childhood education? It will, if used in the right context. We explain its potential. Adding technology to any learning program will not immediately translate into improved student outcomes. However, technology, when used with physical educational materials, has the potential to add tremendous value to classrooms.

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Holistic Formative Assessments. The New Wave.

Holistic Formative Assessments. The New Wave.

Formative assessments are used by educators throughout North America to teach students. How can holistic formative assessments help? In education, formative assessments are extremely popular. Schools that use formative assessment show gains in academic achievement for students. For previously underachieving students, the gains are more pronounced due to the impact of formative assessments.

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SXSW EDU 2019

SXSW EDU 2019

Sprig Learning CEO Jarrett Laughlin had the opportunity to talk about how an iPad and real-time data are helping Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in Nova Scotia capture multiple perspectives of early literacy while promoting language learning in the home,...

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