May 23. 2017

Introducing the NEW Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System!


This is the first in a series of blogs on teaching phonics with Fountas & Pinnell. Check back next week when we take a deeper dive into how phonics instruction works in other Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Resources

Say hello to organized, systematic instruction with the new Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System! In August of 2017, Fountas and Pinnell will release an updated, enhanced version of their 2003 resource, Phonics Lessons. See details below to get a closer look.
"In a world rich with language and literacy, each word matters. Words give us a way to communicate—to think, talk, read, and write—and to activate and enjoy a literate life." ~Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

The underlying message of the previous edition still applies; the lessons are still meant to be used the same way. The two biggest enhancements are the connection to the NEW Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide as well as the organization. This version will be MUCH MORE user-friendly with the inclusion of folders and labels and the replacement of the Teacher Resources Binder for Online Resources and Ready Resources, which are now organized by lesson. Let's take a closer look at this exciting new system.

New features include:

  • Lessons driven by principles from The Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide. Each lesson is now driven by a principle from The Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide, which was released as a critical companion to the new Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum in 2017. The principles from the original edition, Phonics Lessons, were taken from The Continuum of Literacy Learning (2011). This new edition is a meticulously constructed comprehensive picture of linguistic and language knowledge the students develop on their own to become expert word solvers. A copy of the guide is included in the system.
  • New Online Resources. Instead of the binder with all of your teacher resources, you will have access to everything you need for your lessons in the easily accessible Fountas & Pinnell Online Resources. All of your teacher resources will be available as printable PDFs that are organized by the nine areas of learning, and then within those areas, the resources are organized by lesson number. Much more convenient! 
  • New Ready Resources. Preprinted, perforated, and preassembled lesson materials enable you to spend less time prepping and more time teaching with the Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Ready Resources
  • Folders and labels. Continuing with the theme of better organization, this new system will now come with folders and labels so you can choose to organize your lessons by the nine areas of learning, by month, or both! 
  • Inclusion of Sing a Song of Poetry. Page 4 of each lesson in the system will have explicit cross-referencing to Sing a Song of Poetry, which is a collection of poems that will enable you to help children use and enjoy oral and written language.

The true purpose and promise of phonics instruction is to expand, refine and activate students’ reading and writing power. The Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System will enable you to nurture that control. “Our goal is powerful teaching that enables all children to become word solvers in the process of becoming effective readers and writers who enjoy the many rewards of literacy.” ~Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

 

The Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System for grades K and 1 will be released in August of 2017, while grade 2 and 3 will follow in 2018. To learn more about the exciting new system visit www.fountasandpinnell.com.


~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

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May 17. 2017

This Is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

Over the past few months, we have slowly pulled back the curtain on Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™--a first-of-its-kind system for high-quality, classroom-based literacy instruction. There have been blog posts, webinars, and Twitter chats covering every angle of this exciting new system. In case you missed anything, below is a recap. 

BLOGS

Below are the blogs we have released over the past few months on Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ and the many ways this system can be used to help you build a community of literacy learning right in your classroom. Each blog will take you on a deeper dive into everything from how the system was developed to why, and all the ways in which it will change the landscape of literacy learning.

WEBINARS and TWITTER CHATS

Starting in February 2017, we started a series of live webinars and Twitter chats that covered the overall Fountas & Pinnell Classroom system and the major instructional contexts that make it up: interactive read-aloud, shared reading, and guided reading. Each month, we presented a new chat and webinar on a different Fountas & Pinnell Classroom-related subject. In case you missed them, below are links to the recorded webinars and the recap of the Twitter chats.

"Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™: The Future of Literacy Education is HERE?"

"Putting Interactive Read-Aloud Into Action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™"

"Putting Shared Reading Into Action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™"

"Putting Guided Reading Into Action with Fountas & PInnell Classroom™"

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is set to start releasing in August 2017. Be sure to join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Community to stay up-to-date on any further developments. If you have any questions on pricing and how you can start ordering, click here to find your local sales representative who can walk you through all of your options.

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Team

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May 4. 2017

RECAP of the 5/4/2017 Twitter Chat with Fountas and Pinnell on Putting Guided Reading into Action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom

On Thursday, May 4, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell  hosted a Twitter Chat about Guided Reading in anticipation of their exciting new system, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom, a first-of-its-kind, cohesive system for high-quality classroom-based literacy instruction. People from all over the country chimed in to share their thoughts about this important topic. Followers engaged in a discussion about many different angles of Guided Reading from the tools teachers use to get the most success out of guided reading lesson, to how guided reading propels students toward a literate life.  Some favorite tweets included:

"In a school that is rich with literacy there is one critical element: classrooms filled with good books."
"The goal of guided reading is to engage in strategic actions they can apply again the next day and thereafter."
"Teaching students to read is the challenge and responsibility of every teacher who enters the profession." 

To read the whole chat, click the link below, and don't forget to sign up for the LIVE (free) webinar with Fountas and Pinnell, "Put Guided Reading into Action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™" on 5/10/2017 at 4:00 p.m. EST here.

April 27. 2017

Registration Now Open for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Summer Institute

Fountas and Pinnell Classroom

The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™, is a first-of-its-kind, cohesive system for high-quality classroom-based literacy instruction, and was designed by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell to change the landscape of reading instruction and to ensure the right of every student to lead a literate life. Come and learn from Irene and Gay Su themselves during our four-day institute,  “Create Your Vision: Getting Started With Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (Grades K–2)” in Baltimore, MD, running from July 31 - August 3, 2017.  They’ll share their vision to lift your students’ literacy learning through authentic experiences in reading, thinking, talking, and writing.

April 26. 2017

VIDEO: A Closer Look into Fountas & Pinnell's Guided Reading, Second Edition

Since the 1996 release of their wildly successful book, Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell have done extensive work in schools all over the country and had many interactions with teachers from all over the world. From these collaborations, a conversation about responsive teaching was sparked. And twenty years after their first publication, their new book, Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition, was born.


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April 18. 2017

RECAP of 4/17/2017 Twitter Chat on Putting Shared Reading into Action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™


On Monday, May 4, Heinemann hosted a Twitter Chat in which they interviewed authors Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell about the role of Shared Reading in their newest system, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC). People from all over the country followed along in order to learn more about putting Shared Reading into action with this exciting, first-of-its-kind, cohesive system for high-quality classroom-based literacy instruction. Followers engaged in a discussion about many different angles of Shared Reading, including its importance to young readers and how it is used within a classroom literacy system. Heinemann also interviewed Fountas and Pinnell about some of features in the Shared Reading component of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™. Followers learned about what makes the books special and what they can expect to see in the lessons that accompany each authentic book. Some favorite tweets included:

"Shared Reading reinforces and embodies an essential message of the classroom: WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER. #FPLiteracy"
"Shared Reading can play an important role in expanding the systems of strategic actions using a variety of texts. #FPLiteracy"
"The texts you read aloud to the class create a body of shared texts that students have in common. #FPLiteracy"

To read the whole chat, click the link below. And mark your calendars to log in on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. (EST) as we continue the exciting chat series on Guided Reading in Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™!

And don't forget to sign up for the LIVE (free) webinar with Fountas and Pinnell, "Put Shared Reading into Action with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™" on 4/26/2017 at 4:00 p.m. EST here.


April 18. 2017

Three Tips for Selecting Texts for Shared Reading: A Teacher Tip from Fountas and Pinnell

In August of this year, there will be a beautiful collection of authentic, original Shared Reading books available for sale with the new Fountas & Pinnell Classroom(TM). In the meantime, here are three tips on how to select texts you can use for Shared Reading in your classroom community.

The first consideration is that the text for shared reading should be worth reading and rereading. The content, the story, and the language must engage the readers. In selecting texts, consider the readers' ages, previous experiences, and levels of expertise in processing text. What may seem too difficult for beginning readers becomes available because of teacher support, and because the texts are so engaging. Consider stories, poems, chants, and songs as well as fascinating informational books.

  1. Choose texts that provide early experiences with print. Children in preschool and kindergarten generally need a simple text with bold, colorful illustrations and engaging content. To get started, choose a text with only one line of print per page with clear spaces between words. Print and illustrations should be clearly separated. In fiction, select simple stories and nonfiction topics that are close to students' own experiences. The language should have some repetition with simple structures. You can also use simple four- or five-line poems for shared reading with young children. After a couple of readings, the rhyme and rhythm carry the readers along. It is easy to read when supported by the group and the teacher's pointer. 
  2. Choose texts that lead the development of an early reading process. Select enlarged texts that are just beyond those that most children can process in guided reading. Students can read more lines of print and more complex stories or informational books with more text. These books should still have some repetition or longer repeating patterns, and language that engages students. 
  3. Choose texts that promote the construction of meaning and the development of language. All high-quality texts support students' attention to the construction of meaning and the talk that surrounds it. Shared reading promotes opportunities for meaningful talk and the development of language structures. Wordless picture books have enormous potential for productive work in shared reading; children can engage in meaning making even without print. 
Adapted from Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (C) 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.