Program Content and Purpose
Yes, we have four different lesson plan forms. They are used at different times depending upon where you and your students are in our Instructional Sequence. The Lesson Plan Forms (and sample lessons) can be viewed and downloaded for free on our website. Copies of these forms are included in the PAF Teacher Handbook.
The PAF Reading Program provides the instructional tools to meet the Common Core Reading Standards for Foundational Skills, Literature, Informational Text and Language Standards K-3. The three specific areas that we differ from some of the goals listed in Common Core Reading Standards are listed below.
- We meet all the K-3 Foundational Skill goals – our sequence is different and we think more developmentally appropriate (i.e. we do not teach long vowels in kindergarten; however, we do have the children do some of the first and second grade goals earlier, i.e., reading and spelling two-syllable phonetic root words as well as with suffixes).
- We meet all the K-3 goals for Literature except we do not teach children to use illustrations as a comprehension strategy in fiction.
- We meet all the K-3 goals for Informational Text except for the following areas. We think it is more developmentally appropriate for students to know and use text features as well as to ask students to compare two texts about the same topic with different points after third grade.
PAF Program Materials
The PAF Teacher Handbook is a detailed guide for using the PAF Reading Program. It contains over 200 lessons with step-by-step instructions for teaching reading, spelling and handwriting systematically using multisensory techniques. On the home page you will find the PAF materials that are available for both the teacher and Student Assessments are also included in the handbook to monitor student progress. The latter are described below.
- The PAF Placement Test provides you with reading and spelling tests to help you determine at which level to begin. It is designed to be administered to students who have already been exposed to reading and spelling, but have not acquired sufficient skills in the above areas. Kindergarten and first grade students who are beginning formal reading instruction start PAF at Level 1.
- PAF Proficiency Tests are curriculum-based tests which are administered periodically. Their purpose is to help you maintain the proper pace of instruction and to guide your instructional planning. Analysis of your students’ performance on these assessments will highlight when to reteach key concepts or skills, determine if a student should be moved to a different reading group, or if the group is ready to continue in the sequence.
- The PAF Test of Single Word Reading provides an opportunity to show quantitative growth in reading from year-to-year. It assesses a student’s ability to read single words automatically, at the word recognition level, which is crucial for maximizing comprehension. It also offers an alternative assessment tool for students who cannot yet read the uncontrolled text on standardized reading tests.
Reading Program Materials
The PAF Reading Series, our new decodable chapter books, follow the Instructional Sequence in the PAF Teacher Handbook. They can replace the Merrill readers or they can be used as a supplement to provide additional reading practice.
PAF provides training for those who want direct instruction in how to use the program. PAF offers a Part I and a Part 2 course. On the website under Teacher Training, click on Course Curriculum for detailed information. As courses become available they are posted on the website. Some courses vary in length, but site sponsors or trainers will be happy to share course descriptors or outlines upon request. Please email us at email@example.com for inquiries regarding training and coaching.
On-site courses and follow-up workshops can be arranged. For further information, click on Contact Us and email your information to Customer Service.