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Why our reading program works

The LearnUp Reading Program

Steve Tattum gives a quick overview of the reading program. He also describes what happens in the brain that keeps kids with learning differences from learning to read easily and how our program helps to stimulate the word form area. (03:22)

The Reading Brain

Steve Tattum explains how dyslexia functions in the brain and how our program addresses the challenges facing struggling readers. Interview with Dennis Worley of This is America. (30:00)

The LearnUp Reading Program

Steve Tattum explains the nuts and bolts of the reading program to a group of University of San Francisco grad students. This is a great explanation of how and why the program works. (15:00)

How Steve Tattum Adapted the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Create a Superior Reading Program

Steve Tattum explains how he took the Orton-Gillingham program and adapted it to create the Tattum reading program. This is a great explanation of what the key differences and similarities are between traditional OG programs and LearnUp’s. (21:00)

We stimulate the Word Form Area through
LearnUp fluency techniques

Pressure Release

The Pressure Release Technique is one of the most powerful techniques used at LearnUp. It allows emerging readers to read outloud for extended periods of time without fatiguing. It is particularly helpful for a child who has trouble transferring phonetic knowledge to reading. It measurably increases confidence in reading, as well as fluency.

Repeated Reading

This procedure develops sight vocabulary and fluency in reading. It should be done daily.

Beat the Clock

Fun and challenging fluency builder.

LearnUp sample lessons on how we teach structured literacy

Consonant Sounds

How to teach the correct consonant sounds.

The Vowel Galaxy

How to teach the short vowel sounds.

Vowel Tag

How to teach the vowel tag. “The vowel tags the consonant breaking the word into syllables.”

Vowel Change

How to teach the Vowel Change. “Another way to sound out a word that doesn’t quite make sense.”

Hungry Rule

How to teach the Hungry Rule. “Short vowels in one tap words are hungry.”

The Bully Rule

How to teach the Bully Rule. “Vowel suffixes are bullies.”

Tattum Decodable Chapter Book Series Explained

The Tattum Reading Series

Steve describes the Tattum Reading Series

How to pick a reading program

How to pick a reading program

Steve describes the main characteristics of effective reading programs using the acronym THUMB (Teach, Half, Understanding, Main Idea, Begin): Teach to the child, Half the period is reading and writing, how to begin with Understanding, Main idea is stimulating the word form area, how to Begin teaching to the child.

How to pick a reading program

Why you shouldn’t not pick a sight word approach to reading if their word form area is not functioning.

Five Minute Demo Lessons for Teachers

5′ Lessons: Baseball and Squares Games for Zoom

Steve demonstrates how to use the Baseball Game and Squares to get students to practice their sounds and breakdown nonsense words while having fun! Great energizers.

LearnUp reading starts

Download a pdf that outlines how we meet students where they are on the reading spectrum and move them to grade level reading.

LearnUp wants your child to learn to read and we are confident our approach will get them reading at grade level in a short period of time.

The pdf corresponds to LearnUp’s reading assessment which tells us which entry-level/start in our program is the best one for your child. Generally speaking, the lower the start, the more time it takes to get your child on track.

Keep in mind that starts are set by reading level, not by age.

Reading Resources

Structured Literacy

Infographic of the components of a structured literacy program

National Reading Panel

Recommendations of the National Reading Panel (2000).

Audio & eBooks


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