Legacy Point staff is trained in the balanced literacy model and uses the best practices of Jan Richardson as a guide. Jan Richardson, Ph.D., is a former K-12 teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader and staff developer. She currently is an educational consultant, providing schools across the U. S. and Canada with professional workshops and classroom demonstrations.

5 components of balanced literacy instruction
Balanced literacy is a framework for reading instruction. It involves teaching by reading to students, having students read independently, and reading with students. This is accomplished with five basic components.

Balanced Literacy Component #1
 – The read aloud

In the read aloud strategy the teacher reads out loud to the classroom. 

Balanced Literacy Component #2 
– Guided reading

Through guided reading teachers are able to work with students who are on the same level. 

Balanced Literacy Component #3
 – Shared reading

During shared reading the students and teacher read together. Balanced 

Literacy Component #4
 – Independent reading

During independent reading students are allowed to choose the books they want to read. 

Balanced Literacy Component #5
 – Word study

Students work with words through fun and engaging activities. Through word study students learn letters and the sounds they make. They then move on to root words, suffixes and prefixes, and how to derive meaning of words.

Teachers use a variety of literacy resources for the teaching of this balanced model which include, but are not limited to: leveled text; authentic literature; content-related materials; works of fiction and non-fiction; highly engaging articles; computer-based resources; and more. 
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