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Reading Curriculums

The are several curricula and programs designed specifically for teaching deaf and hard of hearing children to read.

Fairview Learning

Fairview Learning

"Fairview Learning grew out of a pilot reading project at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. Co-founders Connie Schimmel, Ph.D., and Sandra Edwards sought to provide educational materials and assessment tools for teachers of deaf students. What started as project with four elementary students has evolved into the Fairview Process."

The MBR Beginning Reading Program

The MBR Beginning Reading Program

The MBR program is a free, online curriculum for preschool and kindergarten students that teaches reading through sign language.

"The MBR program consists of 100 lessons divided into three units. The objectives of Unit I are phonemic awareness, letter names, sight words and the reading of simple sentences and stories. The iconic nature of signing - the fact that the signs illustrate the words they represent - plays a key role in helping students learn the sight words they need to "get them reading". The objective of Unit II is the sounds of the letters. What makes the letter sounds more meaningful to the students is that they can relate them to the words they have learned to read in Unit I. Again signing helps - this time with the use of the finger alphabet. And finally the objective of Unit III is the blending of letter sounds in the reading and writing of word families. Finger spelling again plays a key role because it helps the students sound out the words as they finger spell the letters."

Reading Milestones

Reading Milestones
Edited by Stephen Quigley, Cynthia King, Patricia McAnally and Susan Rose.

"Reading Milestones is a revolutionary reading series that is characterized by its use of strictly controlled syntax and vocabulary. This successful alternative method, using chunking (the separation of phrases by several spaces) for linguistic control, is designed to take nonreaders to approximately a third-grade reading level. Reading Milestones is especially suited for students with hearing impairment, and is also appropriate for students with language delay, learning disabilities, and students who are non-native English speakers."

There are five levels in the Reading Milestones program. The first two are available through

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is not a program designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing children. However, the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School is currently using this program, which indicates it is useful and effective for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Accelerated Reader is a list of books, targeted to reading level and interest level, and computer-based comprehension quizzes.

Related Resources

ABC Deaf Software
"We offer software that supports learning to read and write in English. All programs are carefully designed to meet the needs of deaf learners of all options: American Sign Language, Total Communication, or Oral (oral, auditory/verbal, or Cued Speech). Whether English is your first language or you are learning it as a second language, these programs will speed your learning!"

Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Reader is a list of books, targeted to reading level and interest level, and computer-based comprehension quizzes.

English Works! On-line Reading and Writing Lab
English writing and reading tutoring lab at Gallaudet University.

Kendall Demonstration Elementary School
A Washington D.C. elementary school for deaf and hard of hearing children, run by Gallaudet University.

The MBR Beginning Reading Program
"The MBR Beginning Reading Program is a reading program for preschool and kindergarten students. Its key feature is its use of sign language."

Reading Milestones Starter Set
Publisher website.

Resources and materials for teaching reading.

Reading Lists
Lists of recommended books and magazines.

Fathers and mothers who are wise can train their children first to practise, and soon to like, the sustained mental application necessary to enjoy good books. - Theodore Roosevelt

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