POINT PLEASANT, NJ — In an effort to help students strengthen their reading and writing skills, the Point Pleasant Board of Education approved the purchase of a new reading intervention program at its meeting Monday.

The program is called the Sonday System, and it is “a comprehensive line of materials and strategies designed to help educators provide multisensory reading instruction to students,” said Sarah Ulaky, spokeswoman for the Point Pleasant Schools.

In addition, the school board approved training for the reading intervention program, which is aimed at students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Sonday System, through Winsor Learning, costs $37,305.30, and the Wilson Language Training Corp. training, which will be through Georgian Court University, is $51,550.34.

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Ulaky said the district has been exploring structured, multisensory reading programs to help students improve in reading in writing, especially students who struggle because of dyslexia.

“The district provides multisensory reading support, but traditionally, that support has been multifaceted in nature,” Ulaky said.

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In multisensory reading instruction, teachers use sight, hearing, touch, and movement “to help students connect language with letters and words,” the Wilson Language Training site said.

“The district wants to implement a specific Tier III reading program with teachers fully certified in one multisensory reading support methodology,” Ulaky said. Tier III reading programs aim to help students who are struggling the most.

The Sonday System includes short mastery checks for understanding to assist with pacing, and the system provides intensive reinforcement and practice.

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