Learning Tips and getting the most out of the Lexia Core5® Program for your Child!

Using Lexia Reading Core5, students are automatically placed at the proper level and work independently on developing their foundational reading skills. The program provides explicit, systematic, adaptive learning on foundational reading skills, scaffolding students as they struggle and advancing them to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. Free school-to-home access allows students to continue their independent work at home, in blended learning models, extended-day programs, or libraries and other community centers.

Students work independently to develop reading skills in a structured, sequential manner with a focus on:

  • Foundational skills to develop automaticity and fluency
  • Listening and reading comprehension with complex text
  • Academic and domain-specific vocabulary to improve comprehension

Independent, personalized learning
At-risk, on-level, and advanced students can each work at their own pace, and their teacher is notified (on web-based reports and via email) when they require support or intervention.

Advanced students have the opportunity to accelerate beyond their grade level skills, as they are given the ability to demonstrate proficiency in skill area, and are advanced to the next level if no instruction is needed.
If a student struggles in a particular activity, the program provides a level of scaffolding, removing some of the answer choices and stimuli on the screen. Once the student demonstrates that they understand the skill in the scaffolded level, they have the opportunity to try the initial activity again.  If the student continues to struggle, the program provides explicit instruction and on the concepts and rules of the skill, allowing the student to demonstrate proficiency and then return to the scaffolded level and standard-level activities.

Engaging, motivational interface that allows self-directed learning
As the students move through the levels of the program, they are engaged and motivated by activities that take students on a journey around the world.  Each level of the program represents a different area of the world and introduces new characters that are representative of each region.  Within each level, students have the opportunity to decide which skills and activities they want to work on.  This allows the students to be self-directed in their learning as they move through the program and their journey around the world. 

Scope and Sequence

Lexia Reading Core5 provides all students—from emerging readers to on-level and advanced students—a structured, sequential, scaffolded approach to the five areas of reading instruction—from phonological awareness to comprehension. The program creates personalized learning paths for each student through adaptive placement and pacing in activities aligned to the Common Core and other rigorous state standards. 
Read overview documents on the six areas of reading in Lexia Reading Core5.

Phonological awareness activities include identifying, segmenting, blending and manipulating syllables and sounds in words. Phonemic Awareness is a component of phonological awareness that focuses on individual sounds within words. Learn more about phonological awareness.

Phonics activities include the ability to apply knowledge of letter-sound correspondence to reading and spelling words. In addition, phonics activities involve pattern recognition of syllable types, rules for syllable division and simple spelling generalizations that are based on letter-sound correspondence. Learn more about phonics.

Structural analysis activities include work on recognizing meaningful parts of multisyllabic words derived from Latin and Greek. Learn more about structural analysis.

Automaticity is systematically developed through a series of warm-ups and activities focused on speed of processing. Fluency is addressed through activities that involve analysis of sentence structure and ultimately the timed silent reading of passages. Learn more about automaticity/fluency.

Vocabulary activities are structured to teach word-learning strategies, to provide exposure to rich and varied vocabulary words, and to allow students to develop an awareness of word relationships and associations. Learn more about vocabulary.

Comprehension activities develop the ability to understand information at a concrete level as well as an abstract level through the application of higher order thinking skills. Activities develop comprehension strategies through interaction with increasingly complex narrative and informational texts. Learn more about comprehension.

Best Practices Checklist


Provide frequent and consistent opportunities for students to use the programs.

Monitor the use of the program and require compliance with use-pattern goals.

Give low performing students more time to use the programs.

Plan your implementation to support struggling readers and allow
proficient readers to move through and out of the programs.

Lexia is supplemental — use a strong research-based core reading curriculum.

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