F.A.Q.

What is SEEL?
Why is SEEL so effective?
How will SEEL meet the needs of all my students?
How will SEEL allow me to involve parents at home and in the classroom?
What is RTI?
What makes SEEL different from other literacy programs?
How long will it take me to prepare a lesson?
Where can I find the materials?
My school will only let me use curriculum that is research based. Will SEEL meet that criterion?
For what grade level is SEEL meant to be used?
How do I know SEEL is right for my child?
My child is struggling/does not appear to be interested in reading. How can I help him/her?
My child has a learning disability. How can I help him or her learn to read?
I have never been a teacher. Will I be able to understand how to teach a SEEL lesson?
What is a “target”?
Do I have to pay to get access to all of the SEEL materials?
Can someone come to my school and train us how to use the SEEL program?
Where does SEEL come from?
What can I do at home to help my child learn to read?
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
What if I don’t have a copy machine?
My students do not describe me as “playful.” How can I implement SEEL?

What is SEEL? SEEL is a successful way of teaching early literacy skills to children. Learn more.
Why is SEEL so effective? SEEL uses a variety of learning approaches to meet needs of all types of learners. Learn more.
How will SEEL meet the needs of all my students? SEEL was designed to include children reading above grade level or children struggling below, as well as those who are progressing as expected. SEEL lessons are designed to include appropriate support for students with a wide variety of strengths and challenges. Learn more.
How will SEEL allow me to involve parents at home and in the classroom? SEEL incorporates an at-home component that allows parents to practice and reinforce what their children are learning at school.  SEEL’s clearly written lessons make it easy for parents to support teachers in a variety of functions within the classroom.
What is RTI? RTI stands for response to intervention, an approach to providing services and interventions to struggling learners at individualized levels of intensity.
What makes SEEL different from other literacy programs? SEEL lessons are playful and meaningful to the students, giving them a reason to want to explore the targets they are learning and internalize the concepts being taught. Learn more.
How long will it take me to prepare a lesson? The lessons are prepared for you. All you have to do is download the activity plan from the library and copy the necessary materials. Go to the Activity Plan Library now.
Where can I find the materials? All SEEL activity plans and their associated resources can be downloaded from the easy-to-use Activity Plan Library, here on the Project SEEL website. Go there now.
My school will only let me use curriculum that is research based. Will SEEL meet that criterion? Yes, SEEL is a research-based program. Learn more.
For what grade level is SEEL meant to be used? SEEL has pre-planned curriculum for the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade levels, but SEEL principles and lessons can be integrated at any age. See the curriculum.
How do I know SEEL is right for my child? SEEL’s lessons are playful and fun, and they capture the attention of children differently than other reading approaches. Whether your child loves to read or would rather play games, this program will engage all types of learners. Learn more.
My child is struggling/does not appear to be interested in reading. How can I help him/her? SEEL is designed specifically to meet this challenge. SEEL’s captivating activities help children learn by employing the work of childhood--play.
My child has a learning disability. How can I help him or her learn to read? SEEL was initially designed for children with learning disabilities. Your child will need additional support, and SEEL activities provide help for these special needs.
I have never been a teacher. Will I be able to understand how to teach a SEEL lesson? SEEL lessons are simple and straightforward, and you can apply them whether or not you have had years of training. Watch an example of a lesson being taught!
What is a “target”? A “target” refers to a specific item being learned.  “Target texts” are passages (e.g., songs, poems, etc.) written to specifically teach a certain word ending, beginning sound, etc.  “Target sounds” are specific sounds being taught.
Do I have to pay to get access to all of the SEEL materials? No. SEEL is a service offered free of charge by the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University.
Can someone come to my school and train us how to use the SEEL program? To check the availability of professional development seminars in your area, send an email to seel@byu.edu.
Where does SEEL come from? SEEL was first developed by Dr. Barbara Culatta of the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. It has since been under constant development. Learn more.
What can I do at home to help my child learn to read? SEEL has meaningful activities that can be done easily at home in very little time. By keeping the time you spend short but playful and specific, you can provide meaningful support that both you and your child will enjoy. Learn more about SEEL in the home.
Who do I contact if I have more questions? We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please send your inquiry to the following email address: seel@byu.edu
What if I don’t have a copy machine? Be creative! SEEL lessons are made to be flexible. Feel free to adapt the SEEL principles to your individual circumstances and materials.
My students do not describe me as “playful.” How can I implement SEEL? SEEL is meant to help you use your personal strengths as a teacher for the benefit of your students. There is no right or wrong way to do SEEL.