Five Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness:  the ability to hear, count, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken language.
  • Phonics:  the understanding that there is a predictable relationship between phonemes (sounds in spoken language) and graphemes (letters which represent sounds in the written language.
  • Vocabulary:  development of stored information about the meanings and pronunciation of words.
  • Fluency:  the ability to read text accurately, quickly, and with prosody.  Improving fluency requires monitored, repeated oral reading practice with a partner providing modeling, feedback and assistance.
  • Comprehension:  the ability to derive meaning from the written word or text.  A reader who reads with comprehension is able to self-monitor her/his understanding of the text and has a variety of strategies to gain meaning from different kinds of text.

The Augustine Lesson:

  • Is prescriptive for the needs of the individual student.
  • Focuses on decoding and encoding skills.
  • Lasts 45-50 minutes.
  • Is based on a multi-sensory model which uses audio, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic activities to address the five essential components of effective reading instruction.
  • Uses materials from Wilson® Reading System.
  • Includes games and manipulatives.
  • Embraces the love of literature with read-aloud time as the tutor models fluency and oral reading with understanding.
Our tutors learn to practice Augustine CPR:
C:  compassion, caring
P:  perseverance, patience
R: resources, rewards


Augustine tutors become mentors, advocates as well as tutors for their children.  Working one-on-one with a child who is significantly behind in reading, a tutor often sees his/her strengths and weaknesses in a different way and is able to give insight into how he/she learns best.  Teachers and tutors often communicate about a child’s needs and progress.