THE ELEVATE PROGRAM
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The Elevate Program
KS1, KS2, KS3
The Elevate program aims to use musical techniques to improve the reading level of students who struggle with basic reading and comprehension. Music is an educational activity tool that can be used to aid all students in reading inclusion. Tonal patterns and reoccurring melody will allow students to concentrate fully on a text, and create connections between the familiar melody and what they are reading.
Music is a tool that has been found to aid students in different areas of literacy. Studies have found that the use of contemporary music or music, in general, has helped improve students’ reading comprehension skills. Musical activities such as, rhyming games, word notations and deconstructing popular music carries readability and familiarity, which tends to ease students into reading.
Reading is a cognitively demanding task and holding so much information in the mind while continuing to process text can exhaust children with slow processing. Through workshops, we have found students (KS2, KS3, KS3, SEN) struggle with the following common difficulties when reading such as;
Also known as sounding out words, decoding is when students are able to put sounds to letters to sound out the written language. It’s common for beginner readers to struggle when they meet new or unfamiliar terms but typically decoding becomes easier with phonics instruction and repeated practice with reading out loud.
There’s a lot going on in reading, from a letter and word recognition to understanding meaning at the phrase, sentence and paragraph level. Often, readers encounter vocabulary they do not know or do not recognize due to inaccurate decoding so they are likely to skip ahead. The more blanks in a line of text, the harder it is to make meaning and the more cognitively challenging and frustrating the reading task becomes. That’s why poor comprehension can result when a student struggles with decoding, has a limited vocabulary or attempts to read a text that is at too high of a level.
The more students read, the more they meet unfamiliar terms. Quite often the context in which these new words are found gives students all the clues they need to guess at the meaning. As students expand their vocabulary, they recognize more words by sight and reading speeds up.
Our focus is to support all students’ reading comprehension skills through implementing music as a tool throughout guided reading lessons. Our techniques contribute to the acquisition of linguistic skills within the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The combination provides students with concrete, active experiences that are essential to developing every child’s ability to reason, think, solve issues, analyze, evaluate, and to reinforce creative thinking. All students have totally different modes of learning, however, a typical method during which all students learn is thru active expertise. By way of using music as a tool, we aim to best help students succeed in comprehending texts.
We intend to induce the culture of modern-day music familiar to the students to increase their reading comprehension by integrating the frequencies they consume on a daily basis into guided reading lessons providing students with experiences that aid their ability to reason, think, analyze and evaluate the text.