What is the Reading Bridge?
The Reading Bridge is a website designed to bridge the learning gap between school and home. Its goal is to help educate parents in the five components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) as identified by the National Reading Panel. Ideally, parents will utilize The Reading Bridge throughout their child's journey in learning to read in conjunction with feedback from their child's educators. Included in this website are articles, videos, sound clips, charts, assessments, and resources parents can use to help support and build literacy skills with their child.
Click here to access a printable copy of the information presented on this page.
The Reading Bridge Goals:
1. To educate parents in the five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
2. To provide educators with a resource to share with the parents of their students to help bridge the learning gap between school and home.
3. To provide parents access to reliable resources designed to enhance critical reading skills.
Why is it Important to Teach the Five Components of Reading?
Learning to read is a critical skill for all young learners. It's commonly said that children in kindergarten thru second grade are learning to read, while children in third grade and beyond are reading to learn. While all children learn and process information at different rates, scientific research conducted by the National Reading Panel reviewed more than 100,000 reading studies with the goal of determining the most effective evidence-based methods for teaching children to read. Evidence from this study revealed that instructional programs with explicit (focused, clear, and involves much modeling of how to use each skill) and specific (precisely planned, sequenced, and comprehensive) instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension is the best practices for teaching children to read. If you want to read more about the importance of teaching the five component of reading, please click here to access the scholarly article titled "A Closer Look at the Five Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction: A Review of Scientifically Based Reading Research for Teachers" (Learning Point Associates, 2004)
Click on the video below listen to Joan Sedita, founder of Keys to Literacy talk about the five components of reading.
Keys to Literacy. (2015, Jan 18). What is Comprehension? The Five Components of Reading. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU461AMLAAg.
About the Website Creator
Hello, my name is Heidi Terrett. I am a former special education teacher and current stay-at-home mom to three beautiful boys. The Reading Bridge website was created as part of an assignment completed during my Master's program in Special Education through Shenandoah University, designed with the goal of increasing communication between parents and teachers. In my current role as a stay-at-home mom, I hear many parents express concerns about their child's reading and their desire to help supplement their reading skills at home beyond simply reading with their child. It was from these interactions that The Reading Bridge was created. Beyond its initial creation in 2018, The Reading Bridge is a tool that parents and educators can utilize during the distance learning many schools are implementing this fall due to COVID-19. The Reading Bridge is educational, easy to navigate, and can be a useful tool parents and educators can access during this time when collaboration between parents and educators is needed more than ever.