Scientific Research Based Instruction
Dr. J. Ron Nelson
Dr. Nelson is a nationally recognized early education research professor and he
not only developed the curriculum for Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics but
designed all aspects of the computer program that delivers that curriculum.
He designed every display screen and the interactive instructional environments
and also wrote every word the on screen instructor says, so in essence, your child
is being tutored by Dr. Nelson!
Dr. Nelson's prolific research career spans nearly 21 years working with our
nations top Universities and educators. Dr. Nelson has a national reputation as
an effective researcher with over 30 research grant submissions funded totaling
over $15 million, and publications that include over 150 research papers, 13
book chapters, and 7 books that focus on early childhood research.
Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics
Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics curriculum based on The National Reading Panel Research
Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics is based on the research literature on effective
reading instruction as reviewed and summarized by the National Reading Panel.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in consultation with
the Secretary of Education, established the National Reading Panel to study the
effectiveness of different approaches used to teach children to read. For over
two years, the NRP reviewed research studies on reading instruction conducted
from 1964 to present and in April 2000 concluded its work and submitted "The
Report of the National Reading Panel: "Teaching Children to Read", at a hearing
before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health
and Human Services, and Education.
Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics and Response to Intervention (RTI) and Reading Recovery
Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics is conceptualized as a Tier II-Supplemental
instructional intervention that supports and is linked directly with the core
beginning reading instruction provided in general education classrooms. The target
letter sounds, sight words, word families, prefixes, and suffixes taught in Looney
Tunes ClickN READ Phonics were carefully selected and organized into a scope and
sequence directly aligned and synchronized with the typical introduction of these
elements in core beginning reading curricula. Additionally, scientifically based
design (i.e., discrimination training for letter sounds, intermittent and cumulative
reviews, automaticity instruction sequence, practice of skills with connected text)
and explicit instruction procedures (i.e., model-lead-test presentation sequence,
immediate error correction) are used to present the beginning readings skills.
Furthermore, the online delivery not only reduces the staffing resources needed to
implement the program, but ensures fidelity of implementation.
Additionally, beginning reading instruction targeted by Looney Tunes ClickN READ
Phonics is guided by the underlying distributed model of learning and processing
(see Adams, 1990; McClelland & Rumelhart, 1986; Rumelhart & McClelland, 1986).
This model describes how lexical information is represented by interrelated
phonological, orthographic, and semantic features. Lexical processing models
suggest that semantic features associated with words are associated with phonological
and orthographic features. As spelling and decoding skills become more accurate,
the orthographic and phonological processors form stronger, faster, and more
accurate connections with the meaning processor to allow rapid pronunciation,
spelling, and word meaning access. Based on lexical processing models, Looney
Tunes ClickN READ Phonics approaches beginning reading instruction through its
focus on a well-identified high priority skills (i.e., letter sounds, blending,
spelling, sight words, word families, prefixes, suffixes, reading of connected text),
and a set of structured teaching activities that strengthen connections among the
processing systems that support word knowledge.