St. Viator Elementary School continually reviews Education Technology tools, or “Ed Tech”, to see if they are a good fit with our curriculum. Ed Tech refers to online programs that supplement a student’s classroom instruction. They are structured to help teachers determine their students’ needs, personalize learning to each student, and monitor students’ progress throughout the school year. These cloud-based programs are adaptive and strive to meet children at their learning level, adjusting the workload based on each child’s responses. On Monday, October 26th, St. Viator Elementary School launched our “Leap into Lexia” initiative, where students from Kindergarten through Second Grade began using the Lexia® Core5® Reading program for their ‘20-’21 school year!
Lexia® Core5® Reading is a fun cloud-based program that has helped millions of students improve their literacy skills. The activities in Core5 support and build on students’ classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in key areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Here’s how Lexia Core5 Reading works:
Students begin Core5 at a starting point that fits his or her needs and work with online activities throughout the week. This includes direct instruction and feedback as children learn new skills.
Progress and performance in the program are reported so teachers can provide help when needed.
Paper-and-pencil activities are also used for practice and may be done in school or brought home.
Achievement certificates may be sent home to celebrate success and to show progress in the Program.
Lexia® Core5® Reading in an Ed Tech tool that students utilize both in-class and at-home. Students learn to navigate online tools while strengthening their reading skills. Teachers see all of the activity and progress, and use that information to tailor their lessons and assignments accordingly. St. Viator Elementary School is implementing Lexia® Core5® Reading as a support to classroom instruction.
On Monday, the Kindergarten through Second Grade students began their Lexia online diagnostic assessments. They also did craft projects to boost their excitement for this program. These students were granted an “out-of-uniform” day so they could wear green to really celebrate their “leap” into Lexia!
You can see the students’ excitement in their smiling eyes! Lexia® Core5® Reading is a fun way for them to strengthen the reading and comprehension skills that they are learning in class. As you familiarize yourself with Core5®, we hope you’ll share in our excitement about this program!
Are you familiar with Ed Tech tools? Do you have any questions about them? Please feel free to leave comments below. If you have additional questions about St. Viator Elementary School or the curriculum, please contact the Front Office at (773) 545-2173, or visit our website at https://www.stviatorchicago.org/. Use the “CONTACT” tab to send questions directly to our Marketing Director.