|Coach's Guide - Principles|
Principle #1: Sight words and phonics
My Breakfast Reading
Program approaches reading from both a sight words perspective as
well as a phonetic perspective.
Sight words consist of list of most frequently used words. The first one hundred words are used in 50% of printed material. The first twenty-five words are used in 33% of printed material. The first five most frequently used words are: the; of; and; a; to.
The 320 sight words used in My Breakfast Reading Program are from four sources. The first 110 sight words had to appear on all three lists to be included.
The remaining 210 sight words are grouped in families, such as people, numbers, and irregular rimes.
My Breakfast Reading Program is focused on the following phonetic skills and uses synthetic phonics as the primary approach and analytic phonics as the secondary approach:
My Breakfast Reading Program’s daily activities are divided into 33% sight vocabulary development and 66% phonetic skill development.
Principle #2: Rapid Naming
A key to predicting reading difficulties is poor rapid naming skills. My Breakfast Reading Program develops and reinforces rapid naming skills throughout the entire program.
My Breakfast Reading Program exposes the student to meaningful rapid naming exercises by applying sight vocabulary recognition and phonetic skills through the use of timed activities.
Principle #3: KISS – Keep It Simple Sammy
The normal approach to teaching reading relies on many rules and deviations from those rules. My Breakfast Reading Program attempts to keep the rules and exceptions to a minimum.
Principle #4: Probabilities
My Breakfast Reading Program presents material based on probabilities. In addition to the most frequently used word database, a second database of 2,377 single syllable words is used to provide statistical analysis and lists for many of the drills used throughout My Breakfast Reading Program.
The statistical analysis and related exercises are focused on the following:
Principle #5: Visual Association and Analogy Relationship
My Breakfast Reading Program uses breakfast food analogies for visual association in categorizing sight words and phonetic decoding skills. The use of visualization through analogies helps minimize the rules that the student needs to remember. This helps support Principle #3 – KISS. Following are the six analogies used for the visual association.
Principle #6: Fluency
My Breakfast Reading Program recognizes that reading is a fluid process and that to be a skilled reader, the student must be able to read with a steady natural rate. Each lesson develops specific skills for word recognition and sounding out words. The last activity focuses on putting all the skills together.
To achieve this, My Breakfast Reading Program uses the words and/or sounds introduced in the current and/or previous lessons to build sentences and/or stories. The student should read/reread each sentence until a natural rate is achieved.