THE MBR BEGINNING READING PROGRAM
INTRODUCTION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS

The MBR Beginning Reading Program is a reading program for preschool and kindergarten students. Its key feature is its use of sign language. It's interesting that as early as the mid 1800's educators recognized that sign language helped hearing siblings of deaf students learn to read. Unfortunately these observations were not pursued when signing went out of favor and deaf students were taught lip reading. However with the renewed interest in signing in the second half of the 20th century a number of educators "rediscovered" how signing helps students learn to read as indicated in the following Research Report.

The MBR program consists of 100 lessons divided into three units. The objectives of Unit I are phonemic awareness, letter names, sight words and the reading of simple sentences and stories. The iconic nature of signing - the fact that the signs illustrate the words they represent - plays a key role in helping students learn the sight words they need to "get them reading". The objective of Unit II is the sounds of the letters. What makes the letter sounds more meaningful to the students is that they can relate them to the words they have learned to read in Unit I. Again signing helps - this time with the use of the finger alphabet. And finally the objective of Unit III is the blending of letter sounds in the reading and writing of word families. Finger spelling again plays a key role because it helps the students sound out the words as they finger spell the letters. Note that during the teaching of Units I and II you should include lessons on penmanship and during all of Kindergarten you should, of course, be introducing children's literature.

It's important to note that the MBR program has not only been used successfully with Preschool and Kindergarten students but also First and Second Graders who need help getting started as well as Special Education students. It's also important to note that this program can and has been used successfully by parents. The following three tables provide links to the Lessons Plans. Note that Unit I makes use of a number of pictures and common objects. For a complete list see the List of Materials. Also note that the worksheets are in pdf form and so you will need Acrobat Reader to obtain them. Most browsers already have Acrobat Reader but if yours doesn't you can obtain it free from Adobe.


LESSON PLANS OF UNIT I

Lesson 1 - house, a Lesson 8 - girl Lesson 15 - box Lesson 22 - with Lesson 29 - quarter
Lesson 2 - car Lesson 9 - I Lesson 16 - in Lesson 23 - kite Lesson 30 - table
Lesson 3 - yellow Lesson 10 - boy Lesson 17 - put Lesson 24 - valentine Lesson 31 - on
Lesson 4 - see Lesson 11 - the Lesson 18 - under Lesson 25 - has Lesson 32 - elephant
Lesson 5 - pencil Lesson 12 - apple Lesson 19 - duck Lesson 26 - MBR Book Lesson 33 - zebra
Lesson 6 - and Lesson 13 - little Lesson 20 - is Lesson 27 - not Lesson 34 - my
Lesson 7 - flower Lesson 14 - MBR Book Lesson 21 - red Lesson 28 - jar Lesson 35 - MBR Book


LESSON PLANS OF UNIT II

Lesson 1 - Aa Lesson 9 - Gg Lesson 17 - Review Lesson 25 - Review Lesson 33 - Xx
Lesson 2 - Bb Lesson 10 - Hh Lesson 18 - Mm Lesson 26 - MBR Book Lesson 34 - Review
Lesson 3 - Cc Lesson 11 - Ii Lesson 19 - Nn Lesson 27 - Ss Lesson 35 - Yy
Lesson 4 - Review Lesson 12 - Review Lesson 20 - Oo Lesson 28 - Tt Lesson 36 - Zz
Lesson 5 - Dd Lesson 13 - MBR Book Lesson 21 - Review Lesson 29 - Uu Lesson 37 - Review
Lesson 6 - Ee Lesson 14 - Jj Lesson 22 - Pp Lesson 30 - Review Lesson 38 - Review
Lesson 7 - Ff Lesson 15 - Kk Lesson 23 - Qq Lesson 31 - Vv Lesson 39 - Review
Lesson 8 - Review Lesson 16 - Ll Lesson 24 - Rr Lesson 32 - Ww Lesson 40 - MBR Book


LESSON PLANS OF UNIT III

Lesson 1 - at family Lesson 6 - MBR Book Lesson 11 - Review Lesson 16 - MBR Book Lesson 21 - et family
Lesson 2 - at family Lesson 7 - an family Lesson 12 - op family Lesson 17 - ug family Lesson 22 - et family
Lesson 3 - at family Lesson 8 - an family Lesson 13 - op family Lesson 18 - ug family Lesson 23 - et family
Lesson 4 - at family Lesson 9 - an family Lesson 14 - op family Lesson 19 - ug family Lesson 24 - Review
Lesson 5 - at family Lesson 10 - an family Lesson 15 - Review Lesson 20 - Review Lesson 25 - MBR Book


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - I would very much like to thank all those who have helped with the development of the MBR reading program including Ruth Nishida from Brooklyn Avenue School in East Los Angeles, Caroline Gonzales from Perez School in East Los Angeles and Karen Baker from Cal Poly Pomona. I would also like to thank Kenneth Yim and Charles Eloriaga from the Art Department at Cal Poly Pomona for drawing the illustrations.

FEEDBACK - I am very much interested in comments and suggestions.


Laura Felzer, February 2010
laurafelzer@gmail.com