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Skill-Building Activities

If you’ve been told that your school is using the Riggs program for reading instruction, you may wonder how anyone can teach phonics for the recommended 2.5 hours a day. But Riggs is not a phonics program. It’s a finely-sequenced, comprehensive, language arts program that starts with the basics of letter-formation, spelling patterns, blending, and syllabication, yes, but it teaches much more.

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Building Fluency

I recently heard about a mother who was working with a ten-year-old boy who was having difficulty with fluent reading. Teacher Mom was concerned about Micah (not his real name) because she was already using one of the best programs on the market to help him, yet her son seemed to be struggling.

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. 

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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 . . .

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