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Pathways to Progress reading program results in early readers

Ellinwood Grade School students work on reading skills throughout each day. Kindergartners spend an average of two-and-a-half hours per day on reading.

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ELLINWOOD — At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
While students still learn such skills, they are increasingly being taught academics.
USD 355 has implemented a new phonics program for kindergartners, resulting in new improved reading readiness results called Pathways to Reading. By this past October, the second year of the program, students were progressing so fast that teachers said many would soon be ready to read.
“It’s the best phonics program I’ve ever taught,” said Evelyn ...

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