Wilson Reading Program
The Wilson Reading System
Pros and Cons
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Has been proven to work when other programs have failed
Program is is varied and keeps the students interests because includes short mini lessons that are 3 to 5 minutes.
The manual is well written with explicit instructions
The program has no pictures, which causes students to use word clues to decode.
Program covers the “Big Five” reading essentials, which are phonic awareness, phonics, decoding, vocabulary and comprehension plus spelling and mechanics of writing.
High quality training available with a supervised practicum
Online training is available
Wilson provides free phone and online teacher support to answer questions
Current event articles are offered weekly through a Wilson subscription services
The Wilson materials are reasonably priced.
There is no color or pictures in student materials
Low IQ students or those with language processing difficulties may have a hard time learning the concepts.
Teacher must write their own lesson plans
The teachers must have adequate intelligent and language ability to comprehend and teach the cod of the English language
Training is necessary for the teacher to be effective- most teachers will need training beyond the 3-day Applied Methods workshop; which may lead to more money being spent and time out of school spent
When teacher wants a whole class reading programming; the Wilson program can be too basic and slow-moving for the “average” students
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