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Curriculum

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Our Curriculum

Our reading improvement program (also known as Benchmarks) is a comprehensive curriculum stemming from the belief that the arts are an invaluable learning tool.

Delivered by trained teachers and designed to rapidly advance the reading skills of their prekindergarten through 1st grade students, Benchmarks is backed by the most current research and independent studies, utilizing proven curriculum, methodology, and the integration of music and drama.

Our Benchmarks program is firmly rooted in our theory of change: all students can learn to read through three essential elements of instruction:

The Necessary Amount of Instructional Time for Each Student 

Students who are below their benchmark reading level need additional instructional time to catch up. Benchmarks’ 32-week timetable combines both whole and small group lessons, the latter of which allows teachers to provide additional instruction tailored for struggling students each school day. Regular assessments (five times per year) determine each child’s skill acquisition, so adjustments can be made to the instructional time each child receives.

The Right Content to Help Students Read 

Lesson content is aligned with the research-based recommendations of the National Reading Panel. This alignment is reflected in the Benchmarks Teacher’s Manual, the books provided for students, and all of the program materials used every day in the classroom. The materials contain a wide variety of content to enable teachers to provide differentiated instruction that has the potential to reach every kind of learner.

The Most Engaging Teaching Methods

Especially at the ages we work with, students learn better when they are actively engaged and paying attention. Music and drama-based whole group lessons engage young students physically, kinesthetically, and imaginatively, stimulating their minds on different levels, leveraging their natural love for the arts, and most importantly, accelerating their learning of literacy skills.

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In addition to offering these programs in English, we also offer them in Spanish!

We’ve found that it isn’t enough to engage English Language Learners in literacy programs geared toward native English speakers. Research from the National Literacy Panel provides clear evidence that first-language literacy is foundational to English-language literacy. 

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The winner for our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway is @thirdgdteach !!!!! Congratulations please DM us to claim your prize!
The winner for our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway is @thirdgdteach !!!!! Congratulations please DM us to claim your prize!
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Teachers, thank you for what you do today and everyday! Please enjoy this link with free digital downloads to use in you classroom!
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On Cinco De Mayo, Reading In Motion wishes to highlight our Spanish program! In order to more effectively help our Spanish-speaking students, Reading In Motion adapted our English arts-based literacy program to bolster the fight against illiteracy in under-resourced communities. Our Spanish program is an entirely separate entity with fun and engaging songs, scripts, and lessons. The curriculum exists for Pre-K through 1st grade students.Meet Brenda, our dual language instructional coach. Brenda joined our team as an Extra Dosage Instructor in 2017. Brenda is fluent in both English and Spanish and does an amazing job with our Spanish classrooms. Happy Cinco De Mayo from Brenda and all of us at Reading In Motion!
On Cinco De Mayo, Reading In Motion wishes to highlight our Spanish program! In order to more effectively help our Spanish-speaking students, Reading In Motion adapted our English arts-based literacy program to bolster the fight against illiteracy in under-resourced communities. Our Spanish program is an entirely separate entity with fun and engaging songs, scripts, and lessons. The curriculum exists for Pre-K through 1st grade students.Meet Brenda, our dual language instructional coach. Brenda joined our team as an Extra Dosage Instructor in 2017. Brenda is fluent in both English and Spanish and does an amazing job with our Spanish classrooms. Happy Cinco De Mayo from Brenda and all of us at Reading In Motion!
On Cinco De Mayo, Reading In Motion wishes to highlight our Spanish program! In order to more effectively help our Spanish-speaking students, Reading In Motion adapted our English arts-based literacy program to bolster the fight against illiteracy in under-resourced communities. Our Spanish program is an entirely separate entity with fun and engaging songs, scripts, and lessons. The curriculum exists for Pre-K through 1st grade students.Meet Brenda, our dual language instructional coach. Brenda joined our team as an Extra Dosage Instructor in 2017. Brenda is fluent in both English and Spanish and does an amazing job with our Spanish classrooms. Happy Cinco De Mayo from Brenda and all of us at Reading In Motion!
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As children continue to face the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Reading In Motion students still rise above. We need your help in guiding more children on the important journey to literacy as we adapt to the future needs of students all across our country. This year, with your support, our aim is to increase the number of learners who will have access to the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, at home, in pre-k centers, and beyond!
As children continue to face the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Reading In Motion students still rise above. We need your help in guiding more children on the important journey to literacy as we adapt to the future needs of students all across our country. This year, with your support, our aim is to increase the number of learners who will have access to the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, at home, in pre-k centers, and beyond!
As children continue to face the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Reading In Motion students still rise above. We need your help in guiding more children on the important journey to literacy as we adapt to the future needs of students all across our country. This year, with your support, our aim is to increase the number of learners who will have access to the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, at home, in pre-k centers, and beyond!
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Every child’s journey on the path to literacy is unique. With their teacher as their guide, our youngest learners start in pre-k, embarking on their voyage to literacy, unlocking mor
e opportunities and potential within their young lives. Learning to read is an adventure in and of itself. The pandemic added stress and difficulty to students who were already struggling. Your support enabled us to continue to deliver the tools our youngest learners need to be successful readers in school and beyond!
Every child’s journey on the path to literacy is unique. With their teacher as their guide, our youngest learners start in pre-k, embarking on their voyage to literacy, unlocking mor e opportunities and potential within their young lives. Learning to read is an adventure in and of itself. The pandemic added stress and difficulty to students who were already struggling. Your support enabled us to continue to deliver the tools our youngest learners need to be successful readers in school and beyond!
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How To Enter: Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook (2 Entries), Like This Post (1 Entry), Share This Post to Stories and Tag Us (1 Entry), Comment Your Favorite Children's Book (1 Entry). The winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th. Books will be shipped to your classroom.#teacherappreciationweek2022
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Thank you teachers from the bottom of our heart! Enter our 2022 Teacher Appreciation Week BOOK GIVEAWAY! Reading In Motion will supply your class with a class set of K-1 books.How To Enter: Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook (2 Entries), Like This Post (1 Entry), Share This Post to Stories and Tag Us (1 Entry). The winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th.#teacherappreciationweek #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachers #weloveteachers #teacherlife
Thank you teachers from the bottom of our heart! Enter our 2022 Teacher Appreciation Week BOOK GIVEAWAY! Reading In Motion will supply your class with a class set of K-1 books.How To Enter: Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook (2 Entries), Like This Post (1 Entry), Share This Post to Stories and Tag Us (1 Entry). The winner will be selected on Monday, May 9th.#teacherappreciationweek #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachers #weloveteachers #teacherlife
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Happy Earth Day from Reading In Motion! One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is with a good book. Take an hour today to unplug and READ!
Happy Earth Day from Reading In Motion! One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is with a good book. Take an hour today to unplug and READ!
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The ability to read can provide so much color to a child’s world! In pre-K to second grade, students are learning to read. In third grade and beyond, students read to learn. With Reading In Motion’s exciting and engaging curriculum, customized support, and individualized coaching, students will have the tools they need to be successful. The ability to read is an opportunity deserving of every person, it empowers the imagination, enhances skills and for children, inspires potential when literacy development is so very important. Your help today may determine a child's ability to reach their potential as a future mathematician, historian, scientist, or author. Click the link in bio to Give!
The ability to read can provide so much color to a child’s world! In pre-K to second grade, students are learning to read. In third grade and beyond, students read to learn. With Reading In Motion’s exciting and engaging curriculum, customized support, and individualized coaching, students will have the tools they need to be successful. The ability to read is an opportunity deserving of every person, it empowers the imagination, enhances skills and for children, inspires potential when literacy development is so very important. Your help today may determine a child's ability to reach their potential as a future mathematician, historian, scientist, or author. Click the link in bio to Give!
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Reading In Motion was privileged to send out sets of books to several of our classrooms. We received this amazing picture from the Kindergarten class of George M Pullman Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Thank you for sharing your joy with us, Ms. Hall-Neely! #readersofinstagram
Reading In Motion was privileged to send out sets of books to several of our classrooms. We received this amazing picture from the Kindergarten class of George M Pullman Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Thank you for sharing your joy with us, Ms. Hall-Neely! #readersofinstagram
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