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Using Riggs to Teach CCSS K-2 Foundational Skills

The first level of the Riggs Institute’s English Language Arts curriculum, the Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking, consists of 160 lessons and practice activities which are designed to directly and explicitly teach foundational skills and concepts to beginners, including a knowledge of print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word-recognition skills, and fluency skills. 


Riggs and the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten

When a caller recently asked if the Riggs Institute’s lessons align with the 2010 Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Studies (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY K-5), I was tired of being unable to answer the question, and I decided to change that. Believe it or not, I had been putting off an inquiry into how we align with these standards because . . .


Using Riggs Lessons to Establish a Sight Vocabulary

In a Riggs classroom, students build knowledge on knowledge, skill on skill, and success on success, so Riggs students do not read books, sentences, or words before they have learned the alphabetic principle, and they are never asked to use whole-word memorization techniques when learning



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