Reading Intervention Lab
Reading Intervention Lab has been operating at Pomelo since 2006. This in-house tutorial was created by Reading Specialist Barbara Powell, and was originally funded by a state literacy grant, in order to provide at risk readers and writers with a chance to be successful in language arts. Through small group instruction, students from various grade levels work from curriculum specially designed by Mrs. Powell and Reading Aide Dena Baker, who are professional experts in the standards of every elementary grade level; they are equipped to provide re-mediation to any student. Lessons are specifically taught to address the needs of each individual student as well as their class group; hence the instruction is highly personalized according to auditory, visual, and tactile modalities. Some of the many areas of concentration include; phonemic awareness, high frequency sight word recognition, oral fluency, and oral and written comprehension and expression.
Mrs. Powell has since retired and this program is now led by Dena Baker. Currently the Reading Lab services approximately 75-80 students from grades K-3. Kindergarten students are seen regularly 3 times a week in 30 min. sessions. Kinder students who are all ready reading above grade levels are also serviced weekely with a Reading Enrichment program.
1st – 3rd grade studens are seen in small group sessions 2-3 times a week in 30 min. sessions. Students read the intervention series in their classroom anthologies for reinforcement for fluency and comprehension of each story. Also included is learning all high frequency words for their grade level. Reading Lab also helps with any support classroom teachers feel the students may need a in small group setting such as learning to write paragraphs and eventually stories.