This project aims to improve literacy development amoung pre-K and elementary school children.
Reading scores among children are alarming (https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/reading/) with only 35% of 4th-graders and 34% of 8th-graders performing at or above NAEP proficient levels in reading in 2019.
So the question is, **how to improve the effectiveness of teaching kids how to read?**
There are two camps of thoughts. One camp believes reading should be taught by a phonics approach, where you're focused on decoding words based on their spelling. The second camp focuses on the whole language approach, by looking at the whole word and finding meaning in the context of full sentences, using other words, and the general meaning of the text as clues.
This project follows the concept of "balance literacy" from psychologist Michael Pressley. That the idea that decoding words and understanding their meaning are both important, that phonics and whole language can co-exist harmoniously*.
This project analysis the childs reading strengths and needs then creates a individualized learning model to improve their literacy development.