The PAF Reading Program is a comprehensive structured language program for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting using multisensory techniques. It is an effective beginning reading program for all children and incorporates practices supported by scientific research. When begun in kindergarten or first grade, it prevents reading failure in children at risk for learning difficulties. In addition, it can be used as an intervention program.
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The PAF Reading Program provides children with the building blocks they need to develop a solid reading foundation critical for becoming proficient readers. Concepts are taught directly and explicitly in a specific sequence, with immediate teacher feedback. Each lesson offers children with the practice needed to develop word recognition and fluency, while teachers model comprehension strategies to understand fiction and non-fiction text. This teaching technique results in minimum frustration—and maximum success, leading not only to an improvement in reading skills, but a sense of mastery and self-esteem.
Children are taught:
Each PAF reading lesson has five components: Review, Introduction of New Material, Dictation, Reading, and Reinforcement, regardless of the level in the PAF instructional sequence. The PAF materials are very easy to use. The Teacher Handbook facilitates effective planning of lessons and includes precise instructional language. The student materials are engaging and support the direct instruction model. We invite you to explore three PAF sample lessons.
The PAF Reading Program is based on the proven scientific understanding that reading must be taught systematically and through direct instruction under teacher supervision. Reading develops over time, and only when students are reading accurately and fluently can they access the meaning of text.
Some of the research-based practices that distinguish PAF from other reading programs are:
Most importantly, all of these research-based practices are integrated in every PAF lesson.