Research-based Reading Program

  • McGraw-Hill Treasures Reading Program

    The skills necessary for students to learn to read well are supported by sound curriculum decisions and instructional strategies. The five components of effective early reading (e.g., grades K–3) instruction are as follows:

    1. Phonemic awareness, the understanding that the sounds of spoken language work together to make words;

    2. Phonics, the relationship between the letters of written language and individual sounds of spoken language;

    3. Fluency, the ability to read text accurately and quickly;

    4. Vocabulary, the words one must know to communicate effectively;

    5. Text Comprehension, understanding what one is reading.


    North Merrick utilizes the McGraw-Hill Treasures Reading Program for grades one and two.   Teachers participate in staff development to integrate best practices in balanced literacy into this scientifically research-based reading program.