BRIDGE Program (Beginning Reading Instruction, Developing Guided Experiences)
The main goal of the BRIDGE Program is to reduce the potential of reading failure through intervention in kindergarten and first grade, and to help these children become independent readers.
The Kindergarten BRIDGE Program meets in small groups four to five times a week. The objective of the program is to enhance language development, concepts about print and reading readiness skills. The evaluation for eligibility in the kindergarten program begins with the fall Kindergarten Screening that is administered to all kindergarten students. A team made up of the reading specialist, speech/language therapist and BRIDGE teacher uses the results to select children for further assessment, including a Language Evaluation and teacher recommendation.
The First Grade BRIDGE Program provides individual instruction four times a week. The objectives of the program are to teach successful strategies in approaching print and to develop sight vocabulary. Core teachers, the reading specialist, and the speech/language therapist collaborate to select students for evaluation with the Early Literacy Assessment and the TAAS, Test of Auditory Analysis Skills.
A team approach is crucial in selecting the children most in need of services through the BRIDGE Program. After evaluation data is collected, the core teacher, guidance counselor, reading specialist, speech/language therapist and the BRIDGE teacher meet to carry out the selection process.