An instructional intervention is a specific program or set of steps to help a child improve in an area of need. Instructional interventions focus on subjects like reading or numeracy. Interventions are designed so that you and the school can track your child’s progress. At KDPS we offer the following intervention programs.
Pre Lit (Foundation)
- Evidence-based, best practice program for preschool children in their year before formal schooling
- Appropriate for Kindergarten students who have started school without the necessary emergent literacy skills
- The program is systematic, skills-based and taught in a hierarchical sequence and designed to complement a play-based learning environment.
There are two main components:
- Phonological awareness
- Oral language development through Structured Book Reading
Mini Lit (Grade ½)
MiniLit targets the bottom 25% of students and is specifically aimed at struggling Year 1 readers, but may also be appropriate for “at risk” Kindergarten, and some struggling Year 2 students.
MiniLit is an integrated and balanced program of 80 carefully structured lessons, divided into two levels of forty lessons each:
- Level 1: Teaching the basics of letter/sound knowledge and decoding skills for CVC words
- Level 2: Extending word attack knowledge by teaching commonly used digraphs and longer words
The program takes around 20 weeks to complete, with four lessons of up to 60 minutes per week, and includes regular curriculum-based measures to monitor the progress of the students. Entry point into the program is flexible and, based on students’ assessment scores, can be anywhere within the 80 lessons. Each lesson comprises three main components:
- Sounds and Words Activities
- Text Reading
- Story Book Reading
Mulit Lit (Grade ¾)
The MultiLit Reading Tutor Program (RTP) caters for students who have not acquired the basic skills needed to become functional readers. Children who have failed to learn to read in the first few years of schooling need intensive, systematic reading instruction.
Research shows that the most effective programs of reading instruction for low-progress readers involve intensive, systematic and explicit instruction in three main areas:
- ‘Phonics’ (or word attack skills);
- Sight words recognition; and
- Supported book reading.
LLI (Levelled Literacy Intervention (Grade 4-6)
Leveled Literacy Intervention provides effective small-group instruction for students who find reading and writing difficult. With engaging leveled books, fast-paced systematically designed lessons, and a high level of built-in professional development, LLI empowers both teachers and students as together they work toward attaining reading and writing proficiency.
Emu Mathematics (Grade 1-4)
EMU is a research-based intervention program developed by Dr Ann Gervasoni of Monash University. It has been shown to improve children’s knowledge and confidence with mathematics. The program offers intensive learning opportunities for students who are experiencing difficulty in learning mathematics in the early years and beyond