Our prekindergarten through third grade teachers are introducing a new reading endeavor called Fountas & Pinnell this year. The program that will develop up into fourth grade next year aligns nicely with EA's taking learning personally approach to education.
This guided reading initiative developed by educators Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell allows classroom teachers to identify specific goals and plan instruction that supports each child's reading progress across the school year.
Honored in Fountas & Pinnell are the moment-to-moment instructional decisions that teachers make based on their observations and analysis of student learning behaviors. The daily conversations between teacher and student impact literacy instruction and strengthen instructional decision making.
"Teachers like this system because they are teaching individual readers, not a program, and the students like it because of the rich and robust stories," said Harry Gould, PS - 4th Grade Director.
Indeed, books are at the heart of Fountas & Pinnell. A variety of Texts has been selected to excite and stir the imagination of readers and to challenge and lift readers to new levels. A range of diverse books expand the students' knowledge of the world and engage students in not just reading, but also writing, thinking, and talking with varied levels of teacher support.
While reading time has always been a special time of the day, the students are certainly enjoying this multifaceted approach even more.