A popular kit for teaching reading to ESL and intervention students builds on success with new release.
North Salt Lake, UT, July 14, 2014
On July 14, 2014, Reading Horizons is releasing its updated Reading Horizons Elevate Teacher’s Kit, enhancing what was already a popular literacy program for ESL and intervention students with a colorful format and new features designed to engage teachers and students alike.
At the heart of the Reading Horizons Elevate Teacher’s Kit is the Reading Horizons Elevate Comprehensive Teacher’s Manual—a multi-volume, non-consumable guide for teaching foundational reading strategies to students fourth grade through adult. Originally a black and white manual, it now features a two-color format with distinct, easy-to-read font styles that clearly contrast what teachers say (instruction) and what teachers do (actions, such as writing on the board). Graphics are used more extensively in the updated manual to make sure each step in this explicit, sequential program is taught correctly and completely.
The enhancements to the manual are not merely cosmetic; content has been added. Each skill lesson now includes numerous Enrichment Activities that reinforce the skills students are learning, and references to specific Transfer Cards so students practice not only spelling and decoding but also reading and pronunciation. At regular intervals throughout the new manual, teachers are encouraged to make use of Accelerate, a section on the Reading Horizons website that supports educators with how-to instruction videos and helpful resources.
Other components in the Reading Horizons Elevate Teacher’s Kit have also been updated or added. The Supplementary Materials Manual combines in one handy volume resources that were previously separated (the Teacher Supplement, the ELL Supplement, and the Games Supplement). The newly added Special Vowel Combinations Poster can be used for display during instruction and for student reference after instruction.
In addition to the components already mentioned, the Reading Horizons Elevate Teacher’s Kit features five more classroom posters and two consumable workbooks: the English Language Enhancement, which supports non-native speakers who are learning to read English, and the Student Workbook.
Given the success with the earlier version of the kit, Reading Horizons President, Tyson Smith, is understandably excited about the update. “The latest version of the Reading Horizons Elevate Teacher’s Kit represents the finest material we have ever published for teachers of adolescents and adults. The new format will make instruction even more intuitive and teacher friendly, and the Enrichment Activities will add a new level of engagement for students. I am proud of the efforts of our curriculum team in publishing this wonderful resource.”
About Reading Horizons:
Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, teacher’s manuals, and interactive software that empower teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. By learning the core of the Reading Horizons framework (The 42 Sounds of the Alphabet, Five Phonetic Skills, and Two Decoding Skills), students have all of the skills they need to read the vast majority of words in the English language. The Reading Horizons program is currently offered in over 10,000 schools across the country. Follow Reading Horizons at www.readinghorizons.com.