“Everything you need to to make your first grade readers soar.”

Gene P. Ouellette Ph.D

J. Richard Gentry Ph.D

So What is GO READ!

Gene and Richard
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In many ways, we see this book as the “missing piece” in literacy instruction. That is, our step-by-step approach can be integrated or added to any classroom or to any curriculum currently being followed, because it adds something that is so important and often missing- targeted word study, integrating speech, hearing, phonological awareness, decoding and encoding- all to build lasting representations for reading and writing. 

It is important to stress that this is not a complete literacy curriculum, structured phonics program, or spelling module. Rather, our intent was to provide an approach to word study based upon the science of reading, that can be added to any currently followed program or curriculum, and in as little as 10 minutes a day. Again, Building Brain Words for Beginners is designed to be that “missing piece”, an application of the science of reading, to help students on the journey to becoming fluent readers and writers. 

And that is what we mean by the missing piece!


How Developmental Theory and the Science of Reading Inform Teaching 

For nearly two decades there has been a huge gap between the science of reading and instructional practices in the classroom. Now with decades of accumulated research in developmental, cognitive, and educational psychology as well as from neuroscience, there is an explosion of new understanding about the architecture of the reading brain and how children learn to read. This has led to an increased interest in the science of reading- yet most approaches to teaching reading still do not incorporate some of the most important findings from the scientific research. 

Today developmental theory and the science of reading say that all students need brain words to ignite the reading circuitry in the child’s brain. Brain words are what we call the stored mental representations of phonics patterns and words essential for igniting the reading and writing brain; these representations store and link a word’s spelling, pronunciation, and meaning and are what underlies the progression to fluent reading with comprehension. And brain words are essential for writing too- indeed, brain words for reading and writing are two sides of the same coin for beginning literacy. Building Brain Words for Beginners provides a step-by-step progression for developing brain words, in as little as fifteen minutes a day. This is accomplished with multisensory, engaging, science-based practice that can be used with an entire class, small groups, or with individual learners, hence enabling you to both individualize and track each student’s journey to reading and writing success. 

Building Brain Words For Beginners front cover
Building Brain Words For Beginners