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‘Every child deserves to learn how to read’: Inside Bozeman School District’s revamped literacy programs

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Sitting on an alphabet rug in a circle, the group of preschool students trace the arc of an imaginary diver with their right hand, until it lands in their left. Throughout their diver’s journey, they sound out the word “hot”, until they reach the end, where a chorus of children make the T sound around the rug.

For the next word – sun – the students start sounding out the word at the top of their diver’s arc until it lands in their left hand with the soft thud of the n sound.

Megan Roth, an early literacy teacher with Bozeman School District, leads the group of children at the Hawk’s Nest daycare through that exercise and others designed to introduce students to the phonics, or the sounds, of reading.

Early Literacy

Megan Roth, an early literacy teacher with the Bozeman School District, reads to Theo Katz and June Kumpula at the Hawk's Nest on April 18, 2022. The Hawk's Nest is an early learning center located at Bozeman High. It's operated through a partnership between the Bozeman School District and Gallatin Valley YMCA.

Early Literacy

Beauden Kumpula and Layla Houston listen to Megan Roth, an early literacy teacher with the Bozeman School District, read to them at the Hawk's Nest on April 18, 2022. The Hawk's Nest is an early learning center located at Bozeman High. It's operated through a partnership between the Bozeman School District and Gallatin Valley YMCA.

Early Literacy

Megan Roth, an early literacy teacher with the Bozeman School District, works with a group pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age kids at the Hawk's Nest on April 18, 2022. The Hawk's Nest is an early learning center located at Bozeman High. It's operated through a partnership between the Bozeman School District and Gallatin Valley YMCA.

Early Literacy

Megan Roth, an early literacy teacher with the Bozeman School District, works with a group pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age kids at the Hawk's Nest on April 18, 2022. The Hawk's Nest is an early learning center located at Bozeman High. It's operated through a partnership between the Bozeman School District and Gallatin Valley YMCA.

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