Direct Instruction, also called DI, is a scripted instructional program that has been found to be highly effective in teaching learners at all levels. This program has been researched and used in classrooms across the country for over 30 years. DI teaches in a highly structured, direct manner. Students are grouped according to their instructional needs.
In preschool, we use two different Direct Instruction programs, Reading Mastery and Language for Learning. During the preschool day, we spend 15 uninterrupted minutes daily working with these reading programs.
Reading Mastery teaches alphabet sounds that are eventually blended together to make words. Students learn the basics of phonics in a very intentional and direct approach.
Language for Learning develops vocabulary and language skills for children. It also focuses on complete sentences.