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How IdeaChain Works to Improve Reading Comprehension
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Use Of MindPrime's IdeaChain® Program To Improve Reading Comprehension
- What is MindPrime's IdeaChain program?
IdeaChain is a reading comprehension program that specifically targets
reading comprehension improvement. It is a scripted program of activities
that awaken and strengthen the mental imaging or mental picturing that
Who is a candidate for MindPrime's IdeaChain program? Students
Read adequately or well but do not understand or remember
a story or lesson - or, may remember parts, but not get the whole
idea or concept
Have big problems collecting and organizing thoughts for writing.
Writing is bland and tends to wander or does not make a point.
Have attention that drifts when reading or listening
Relate experiences in a scattered or fragmented way, requiring
the listener to ask question after question to get the whole story
Have difficulty following directions, particularly if the directions
involve multiple steps
Sometimes make "off-the-wall" comments during conversations
If reading decoding has been a problem, continue to struggle
with reading the words even
after special training in a structured language (Orton-Gillingham)
- Can MindPrime's IdeaChain program be used in a classroom setting?
IdeaChain was designed for use with one to five students. It works well
with small group instruction and, because it is scripted, may be used
immediately by a teacher, paraprofessional, or volunteer. With adaptation,
IdeaChain can be used in a regular curriculum classroom setting. Please
call for information on full class use.
How long and how often must MindPrime's IdeaChain program be done?
For students with serious comprehension problems, 25 to 40 minutes
4 times a week is recommended. Students who demonstrate serious reading
comprehension difficulty may need four to nine months instruction.
As most teachers know, learning is an individual process and there
is a wide variation in the rate of student progress. For general comprehension
improvement less time per day is required and the strategies can be
folded into regular curriculum pre- or post-reading instruction.
- How much teacher preparation time is needed to do MindPrime's
Since IdeaChain is scripted for small group instruction, teacher preparation
time is kept to a minimum. However, many teachers may want to incorporate
materials from their own classroom to enhance student engagement. Please
call about adaptation to regular curriculum full class use.
- What qualifications does an IdeaChain instructor need?
An IdeaChain instructor primarily needs good sense and a desire to help
students who struggle with reading comprehension. The advantage of having
a script to follow is that the instructor - teacher, paraprofessional
or volunteer - can advance with the confidence that each activity is
done correctly, at the right time in the right order. For full classroom
use within the regular reading curriculum, teacher training is recommended.
- Will a MindPrime representative come to your school to explain
the IdeaChain program?
Yes, arrangements can be made for a representative to visit with you
and answer questions you may have about your students or how IdeaChain
can fit into your present instructional process.
- How do you explain to a teacher or parent what is going on when
a student can read well, but does not understand and remember what was
Please invite the teacher or parent to MindPrime's website, www.understandMORE.com.
We have developed a visual presentation to explain the mind's use of
mental imaging to support comprehension. Click the first link in the
left column above, Why
people cannot understand and remember even though they read words well,
to see the presentation. A teacher or parent will see this link on the
home page of MindPrime's website.