Developmental reading is a program striving to meet the needs of every student in the classroom.  Kindergarten through third grade students benefit from this program.  Through collaboration with the classroom teacher, formal and informal assessments needs are determined and instruction is planned.


Instruction may be given to an individual, small group or whole classroom.


Reading Recovery is a program for first grade students who have difficulty in learning to read and write. It is a highly effective, short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for 12-20 weeks with a specially trained teacher.  As soon as students can read within the average range of their class and can demonstrate that they can continue to achieve, their lesson are discontinued.  Reading Recovery was developed by Dr. Marie Clay of New Zealand and was first implemented in North America 20 years ago.  It incorporates the five essential elements of a good reading program.  These elements are phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  Morton District 709 began training teachers and implementing the program during the school year 1992-93.


The goal of the program is to enable students to become fluent and independent readers of various types of literature. It is the hopes that the students become lifelong readers!  Our teacher's motto is: READ, READ, READ!


 Mrs. Szetela-Reading Aide