Ability to Listen, Comprehend, and Respond
GrapeSEED students actively engage in a variety of oral language experiences to gain an increasing level of comprehension and oral language skills. Students will:
- Distinguish and produce certain standard English sounds, words, and greetings.
- Listen for different purposes (functions) such as to get information, solve problems, enjoy, and appreciate.
- Infer meaning by associating words with actions and pictures.
- Understand information given or questions asked by others.
Ability to Speak Clearly
GrapeSEED students speak to different audiences using developmental vocabulary with increasing fluency and accuracy. Students will:
- Engage in activities that demonstrate communication and language acquisition skills.
- Initiate conversation by employing newly acquired vocabulary and concepts (notions).
- Choose and adapt spoken language appropriate to the audience, purpose, and occasion.
- Gain increasing accuracy and appropriate word choice when speaking.
Ability to Read and Understand
GrapeSEED students demonstrate phonemic awareness and vocabulary development. They learn to comprehend and ask questions about selections read aloud. Students will:
- Develop vocabulary through meaningful exercises and concrete experiences.
- Develop vocabulary by discussing selections that are read aloud.
- Use knowledge of phonics to decode familiar English words.
- Read and understand almost all English words in their receptive vocabulary.
GrapeSEED students develop the foundations of writing. Students will:
- Learn to air write letters and numbers.
- Write each letter of the alphabet and demonstrate increasing control of penmanship.
- Write sentences dictated by the teacher.
- Revise and edit their own writing to make ideas clearer and more precise.
An independent research study was conducted by Oakland University and the University of Michigan to determine the effectiveness of GrapeSEED with groups of students from the GSRP preschool program in Michigan. The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan’s state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure.
The conclusion: GrapeSEED enabled at-risk preschool students to grow faster than their national non-risk peers in every category of language fundamentals.