The Reading Horizons Elevate® Curriculum is based on the powerful Reading Horizons Method. The method uses a unique marking system to help students decode the majority of all English words. The method teaches students to identify sound patterns, determine whether a vowel should be pronounced short or long, and properly split words into syllables.
Learn some of the key skills in the Reading Horizons Method:
Empower teachers with the materials to prepare and deliver research-based direct instruction lessons to struggling readers and English Language Learners with the Reading Horizons Elevate® Comprehensive Teacher’s Kit. Detailed manuals help teachers model multi-sensory, research-based reading instruction to their students. Additional materials boost student engagement and help students transfer decoding skills into fluent reading.
Learn about the key features of the teacher manuals:
Provide teachers with a detailed guide for teaching each skill needed for proficient reading with the Reading Horizons Elevate® Teacher Manuals. Each skill is taught with a multisensory, research-based approach that helps students build new brain connections. The manuals can be used as the primary source of student instruction, or, to provide additional reinforcement when students struggle with a skill on the software component of the program.
Teachers can help students transfer decoding skills into fluent reading with 624 Transfer Cards.
It’s hard to remember everything—especially for students with processing difficulties. Seven wall posters (42 Sounds of the Alphabet, Blends, Vowels, Special Vowel Combinations, Adjacent Vowels, Five Phonetic Skills, and Two Decoding Skills) serve as a student reference for the key skills taught in the Reading Horizons Elevate® program.
Help students transfer foundational reading skills to connected text while learning about a wide range of high-interest topics. The Reading Horizons Elevate® Reading Library Books provide 330 content-rich nonfiction passages for every reading level (1-12). Each passage is assigned a Lexile® measure and is accompanied by pictures to illustrate the topic.
Help students practice and reinforce the skills they are learning during software and teacher-led instruction with consumable student workbooks. One Student Book and one English Language Enhancement are included in the Reading Horizons Elevate® Comprehensive Teacher’s Kit. Additional copies can be purchased for each student.
Reinforce software and teacher-led instruction with the Student Book--a consumable take-home component with lesson reviews, decoding and reading practice, and vocabulary activities to reinforce skills learned.
Help English Language Learners enhance their understanding of vocabulary, pronunciation, and culture with the English Language Enhancement (a consumable resource).
Older students need quick wins and fast results to keep them motivated and engaged. The Reading Horizons Elevate® Software fuels student motivation with a dashboard to track their progress and rewards for completing small achievable goals.
See how the software keeps students motivated and engaged:
Students learn at their own pace and with perfect autonomy throughout the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software. Autonomous learning helps struggling students build their confidence and gives them the freedom to struggle without embarrassment. Students can access the online software from home to accelerate their learning and get extra practice.
The Student Dashboard guides students to the “next step” for improving their reading skills. Through the Student Dashboard, students can choose which section of the software to visit: Lessons, Library, Vocab, Dictionary, Games, Badges, Pronunciation, and the Student Report.
Build the motivation and self-esteem of low-level readers through a Badge System that rewards students for completing achievable and positive goals. For example, students can earn badges for logging in and using the software every day for five days, mastering a skill set, completing a series of related reading passages, and more.
Students receive instant corrective feedback during lesson instruction and activities to keep them on track. The Student Progress Report can be accessed by students any time to view their course progress, time in software, and performance data for the lessons, vocabulary, library, and assessments.
Students receive individualized reading instruction that targets the gaps in their reading skills through the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software. Because the software is individualized, it helps students make quick gains, expediting intervention time.
Explore the different types of software instruction:
Give struggling readers a new way to break down and identify word patterns with the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software skill lessons. These lessons instruct students on the strategies taught in the Reading Horizons Method. Once students master these skills, they are empowered to read the majority of words in the English language.
Self-selected practice activities reinforce each skill taught in the lessons. These activities are patterned after real-life reading contexts to help students transfer the skills into fluent reading.
Boost reading fluency by assuring students have mastered the 300 Most Common Words of the English language. Twenty Most Common Words (MCWs) Lessons teach students the words used most frequently in the English language. Depending on assessment results, students will self-select activities that help them improve the spelling, reading, and rapid recognition of these terms.
Students can build a foundation in basic English grammar with the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software reference lessons. These lessons can be accessed by students at their discretion or as assigned by the teacher.
Students can learn how to decode and pronounce over 12,000 words, including high-frequency words and academic vocabulary through the vocabulary section of the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software. For each term, students see and hear definitions and context sentences. Graphics are provided when possible to illustrate vocabulary words. The Dictionary tool allows students to look up high-interest vocabulary words and see them decoded and defined.
Help students transfer the skills of the Reading Horizons Method into fluent reading with the Reading Library. The Reading Library contains 330 illustrated, expository passages that have been assigned Lexile measures. These passages simulate the types of reading students encounter in textbooks, magazines, and websites.
English Language Learners can learn how to produce each English sound through animated illustrations and full-motion videos that are accessed through the Pronunciation Tool. With this tool, students can also access the Letter Formation Tool to learn how to form the upper and lower case versions of each letter in the alphabet.
Accommodate students who learn best through kinesthetic and tactile modalities of instruction with fun language-based games on the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software.
When teachers closely measure and monitor student progress, students stay on track for reading success. The Reading Horizons Elevate® Software uses a series of assessments to individual student instruction and track progress. Assessment and lesson performance data can be reviewed by teachers and administrators through the administration system.
Monitor student progress through:
Uncover the holes in each student’s foundational reading skills with the Diagnostic Assessment of the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software. This assessment tests students on each of the phonics skills taught in the program. If a student passes this assessment with 95% or higher, instructors can elect to set the student on a “Library Only Track” to build reading fluency and comprehension. If a student’s score falls below 95%, the assessment prescribes one of four lesson tracks for each skill: Mastered, Advancing, Basic, or Beginning. These lesson tracks ensure students receive the right breadth and depth of instruction that is individualized to their specific needs.
Validate student progress and match reading material to student ability with the Reading Library Assessment. This assessment was created in partnership with MetaMetrics® and is based on the Lexile® Framework for Reading. The assessment determines each student’s Lexile® measure periodically throughout software instruction. In response to assessment results, reading passages are unlocked in the Reading Library that are appropriate for the student’s Lexile® measure.
Gauge student progress with Progress Monitoring Assessments that are administered after each chapter in the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software. Growth is measured in comparison to a student’s initial performance on the Diagnostic Assessment.
Ensure students have mastered the content of the lessons in each chapter with the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software Chapter Tests. Skills that require additional reinforcement are presented in review sections where students have an opportunity to improve their test results.
Keep students on track and maintain skill retention through Chapter Quizzes that are administered twice during each chapter on the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software. These quizzes check a student’s current understanding of recently taught skills.
Support and track student progress through the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software Administration Portal. Through this portal, teachers can manage the class roll, create student groupings, access reports, preview lesson content, check the message center, and connect with online support.
Keep a constant pulse on student progress through the Reports section of the Administration Portal. Reports can be viewed for the entire class roll, specific student groups, or for individual students.
For schools that want to take their implementation to the next level, we offer the implementation coach program. Schools that invest in this program are assigned a dedicated implementation specialist to ensure a smooth transition and to maintain school-wide instructional fidelity overtime.
The implementation coach program includes:
Connect struggling readers and English Language Learners with extra reading practice and skill reinforcement with unlimited access to the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software.
Aid implementation and student engagement with the partner school credit towards the direct instruction materials of your choice.
You don’t have to make big changes alone. Implementation coach partner schools are assigned a dedicated Reading Horizons expert that provides two days of initial on-site training, two on-site coaching days during the school year, and unlimited distance coaching and communication to assure implementation is effective and sustainable.
Get all of your staff on the same page. Each implementation school gets two-days of in-person training from their implementation coach to prepare staff to implement the Reading Horizons Method and materials in the classroom.
Ensure instructional fidelity and improve classroom instruction with two on-site coaching days. Partner schools choose any two days during the school year for their implementation coach to come and provide on-site coaching.
Because Reading Horizons gives teachers a new perspective on reading instruction, professional development is an important first step for any school that wants to implement the program. Teachers are the most important piece of any program, and without the proper training it is difficult to fulfill this key role. During training, teachers learn instructional strategies for teaching struggling readers and English Language Learners (focus can be changed based on your school’s specifics needs).
Training options include:
One day of hands-on, in-person instruction in the Reading Horizons Elevate® course. Attendees are familiarized with the history of the method, instructed in the basic framework of the program, and participate in games and activities to become familiar with what their students will experience. The single day of training is paired with unlimited annual site access to the Reading Horizons Online Professional Development Course.
Teachers can be trained at their own convenience with the Reading Horizons Online Professional Development Course. This course uses six virtual training modules to prepare teachers to teach the Reading Horizons Method. Each module begins with a pre-test to determine the depth of training the teacher needs for each module. The modules are completed sequentially but can be reviewed in any order after completion of each module. A certificate of completion is provided when the modules are complete.
Teachers are provided with a wealth of free resources for successfully implementing Reading Horizons in the classroom. Both the Reading Horizons Accelerate® website and free technical support, help teachers fully implement the program.
The Reading Horizons Accelerate® website provides lesson planning tools, how-to videos, downloads, and a helpful community forum.
Implementation is supported through these free customer tools:
Teachers can efficiently build a daily Reading Horizons lesson plan with a tool that connects them to a wealth of resources and uses software performance data (when available) to create small groups based on current skill mastery. The lesson planner is available on the Reading Horizons Accelerate® website.
Teachers access how-to videos, downloads, and other resources to enhance lesson plans through the Reading Horizons Accelerate® website.
Teachers can ask implementation questions and share tips and ideas with other teachers about using the Reading Horizons Method in the classroom. The forum is accessed through the Reading Horizons Accelerate® website.
Help is always a phone call away. Reading Horizons offers free tech support to every customer. Each account is assigned a dedicated customer success manager to aid implementation and resolve any tech or implementation issues.
Meet a Variety of Student Needs with the
Reading Horizons Elevate® Reading Intervention Program
On top of providing effective, research-based reading instruction to older students, the Reading Horizons Elevate® Software also allows students to learn at their own pace and with perfect autonomy. Whether the program is for elementary students in the upper grades, middle school, or high school—autonomous learning helps struggling students rebuild their confidence and gives them the freedom to struggle without embarrassment.
Students can access the online software from home to accelerate their learning and get extra practice.
When working with older students with dyslexia, reading instruction should not only be effective, it should also work to build their self-esteem and fuel their motivation.
The Reading Horizons Elevate® Curriculum helps students with dyslexia improve their reading skills through:
- Clear, research-based reading instruction that meets the best-practices proven to be the most effective for dyslexia.
- A modern software interface that allows students to learn independently while providing teachers with performance data to dictate direct instruction needs.
- Personalized software instruction that allows students to learn at their own pace, free of embarrassment, while instruction is automatically adjusted to target their unique needs.
- Quick wins on simple and achievable goals that motivate and fuel student confidence.
- A unique marking system to help students with dyslexia recognize English sound, letter, and word patterns.
Reading Horizons has been endorsed by the Council of Administrators in Special Education (CASE) for use in special education settings, remedial reading courses, and Tier II and Tier III in RTI programs.
The Reading Horizons Elevate® Curriculum helps educators address the needs of students in special education through:
- Multisensory research-based reading instruction that helps students build new brain connections
- Tools for easily differentiating instruction to individual student needs
- Short, simple lesson plans that keep students engaged
The Reading Horizons Elevate® reading intervention program helps English Language Learners (ELLs) understand the patterns and structure of the English language through clear, research-based instruction.
The Reading Horizons Elevate® products also include tools and resources that were designed specifically for ELLs:
- Optional language translations for lesson material in Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese
- The Pronunciation Tool helps ELLs master each sound of the English language
- The English Language Enhancement helps ELLs build proficiency in pronunciation, vocabulary, and American culture
- Reference lessons build a basic understanding of English grammar
- Online software access from home accelerates learning for students who want extra practice
It's never too late to learn to read! The Reading Horizons Elevate® reading intervention program gives adult learners their best chance to be successful in learning to read and reach their goals. Adults see fast gains because the software continuously assesses, instructs, and adapts content to match each student’s individual needs.
The software allows adult learners to learn independently and accelerate their learning according to their individual motivation.
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