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        Borealis Beginnings is where reading empowerment begins, incorporating quality intensive multi-sensory instruction and intervention in reading and spelling.  Begin your child's journey today!

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MICHELLE KOBSIK, M.ED.

B.S. Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.Ed. K-12 Special Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Behavioral interventionist, Structured Learning teacher Pre-K and high school, Dyslexia Educator

19+ years educating and empowering children

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WILSON READING SYSTEM

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is the flagship program of Wilson Language Training® and the foundation of all other Wilson programs. WRS is an intensive Tier 3 program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.

As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students learn fluent decoding and encoding skills to the level of mastery. From the beginning Steps of the program, students receive instruction in:

  • Word structure (in depth) for automatic decoding and spelling

  • Word recognition and spelling of high frequency words, including irregular words

  • Vocabulary, word understanding, and word-learning skills

  • Sentence-level text reading with ease, expression, and understanding

  • Listening comprehension with age-appropriate narrative and informational text

  • Reading comprehension with narrative and expository text of increasing levels of difficulty

  • Narrative and informational text structures

  • Organization of information for oral or written expression

  • Proofreading skills

  • Self-monitoring for word recognition accuracy and comprehension

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IN-PERSON AND ONLINE SESSIONS

INDIVIDUALIZED ONE-TO-ONE INSTRUCTION

ONGOING PROGRESS MONITORING

HOMESCHOOL VENDOR APPROVED

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TOOLS OF THE PROGRAM

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WILSON ASSESSMENT OF DECODING AND ENCODING

The WADE is administered when a student begins the program and yearly for progress monitoring. Subtests cover sounds, words, nonsense words, irregular words, sentences and spelling.

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STUDENT PORTFOLIO

Each student portfolio contains a Student Notebook, Student Dictation Book, Student Progression Recording Forms booklet, and My Steps Progress end-of-step assessment booklet.

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STUDENT NOTEBOOK AND DICTATION NOTEBOOK

Student Notebook: Contains sounds, rules, examples and uses, all in one place.  Never lose a rules page again!

Student Dictation Notebook:  Contains handwriting grids for sounds, real and pseudo words, word elements, and sentence work. 

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STUDENT PROGRESSION RECORDING FORMS AND END OF STEP ASSESSMENT - MY STEP PROGRESS BOOKLETS

Used to determine progression from one Step to the next, determine student mastery and understanding of concepts, and identify any specific areas that need further instruction.

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BUILDING CONNECTIONS THROUGH VOCABULARY

What does that word mean?  Let's find out!  Draw a picture, use it in a sentence,  (Elementary format and advanced for older students/multiple meanings).

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MULTISENSORY TACTILE INSTRUCTION

Students use magnetic letter tiles to build letter/sound correspondence, encode and decode words and word elements.  A laminated copy will be provided for at home practice/activities.

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WHY I LOVE TEACHING...

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"I see him working hard and making steps that I know are directly because of his work with you.  So thank you!!  We appreciate you!!"

"Thank you so much for your flexibility, understanding, and caring.  I'm seeing improvement with him and it's because of you.  I can't thank you enough for your help with him and sorting everything out to suit his needs."

"We have seen him grow and succeed and blossom in the time he has worked with you.  We are so proud of him and I know you are a big part of all he has accomplished. Thank you!"

"Thank you so much!  I can't tell you how much we appreciate your work with her and to help build her confidence.  She truly would not be where she is today without your help and support.  We are lucky to have you be the one to take her on and I'm glad we went the route we did.  The stars were aligned when you guys were put together and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher!"

"You have absolutely helped her improve, and improve rapidly.  Her ability, and more importantly, her confidence has grown immensely.  Her confidence has grown to a level that she has written testimony that she will read/present to the school board next week.  She's done almost all of this presentation on her own, and this never would have happened without your instruction and help.  So, thank you!"

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there”

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