Reading Pathways: Simple Exercises to Improve Reading Fluency, 5th Edition
January 2007, Jossey-Bass
Reading pyramids begins with one word, and slowly build into phrases and sentences of gradually increasing complexity. As the student moves from the pinnacle to the base of each pyramid, the phrase or sentence becomes a more interesting and expansive, and the student's confidence grows with each line completed. Progressively building up the amount of text per line increases eye span, strengthens eye tracking, and develops reading fluency. The book also features more challenging multi-syllable word pyramid exercises and games to further develop fluency and vocabulary. Learning to read long words by syllables removes the fear and mystique of multi-syllable words and helps students build the strong vocabulary so critical for success in reading and writing.
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Part One: Simple Pyramids.
Mixed Vowel Warmup:
The LONG and the SHORT of It.
Game: TREASURE CHEST.
Mixed Vowel Pyramids.
R-Modifi ed Vowels.
Part Two: Multisyllable Word Mini-Pyramids.
Multisyllable Word Mini-Pyramids.
Part Three: Multisyllable Word Pyramids (“Brain Busters”).
Multisyllable Word Pyramids.
Part Four: Multisyllable Word Summary, Games, and Index.
Multisyllable Word Summary.
MULTISYLLABLE WORD GAMES.
Multisyllable Word Index.
"With clarity, interest, humor, and precision, Dolores has offered a way out of the darkness of illiteracy. I am pleased to endorse [her] books as some of the finest instructional materials for teaching children and adults to read that I have reviewed."
—Robert W. Sweet Jr., professional staff member, Committee on Education and the Work Force, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.
"Our organization, Kids Read, offers tutoring to struggling or non-reading second graders in the public schools. Dolores Hiskes's materials are our most powerful tools for helping kids achieve confidence and independence in reading . . . The pyramid practice in Reading Pathways strengthens eye tracking and gives learners immediate practice with the concepts they just learned in a bigger setting. Non-readers find initial success in the presentation of short vowel words and stories. The pyramid stories provide an opportunity for multiple readings of the words and phrases, an exercise which is very empowering for emerging readers."
—Becky Faherty, director, Kids Read, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland
"Reading Pathways led my children so gently through the pyramids that they were reading big words before they knew it! This is a 'no pain' approach to giving children the extra practice that helps to develop a strong reader."
—Sherrill Fink, homeschooling mother, Virginia
"My students love the multisyllable word pyramids and feel proud they can finally read those mysterious long words. It's so beautiful to see their self-esteem grow. This is what makes teaching rewarding. Thank you!"
—Renee Wesly, special education and regular education teacher, Maunawili Elementary School, Kailua, Hawaii