Ahern Academy Curriculum
Ahern Academy is dedicated to using the Science of Reading to ensure our students learn to read and write. We work diligently to ensure we address the five pillars of reading instruction as listed in the National Reading Report: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. We use the UFLI Foundations Curriculum from the University of Florida Literacy Initiative to address Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Fluency during literacy class. UFLI is a systematic, sequential program addressing phonemic awareness, decoding, encoding, segmenting, blending, phonics, high frequency words and reading connected text. We use concepts from Comprehensive Literacy for All to address Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension in our Shared Reading Classes. Writing skills are addressed during Shared Writing class. One framework for ensuring we address all of the skills needed to become fluent readers is Scarborough's Reading Rope, seen below. We work on Language Comprehension during Shared Reading and Word Recognition during our UFLI based Literacy Classes. Families need to augment our classes with daily practice of the skills learned in UFLI, reading together every day and daily experiences writing with the alphabet.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Embedded Skills (Life Skills)