Enjoy your holidays

It is with mixed feelings that the Reading Recovery teachers farewell the students who have finished their series of lessons. Each of them has made a great deal of progress, which makes us very happy, but it is always a little sad to come to the end of our Reading Recovery journey together. We wish the students well, and we know that they will continue to become even better readers and writers by revising, and applying their new skills.

Some of the students started later in the year than the others, and they will finish Reading Recovery during Term One. We met some Prep students this week and we look forward to working with some of them next year.

Goodbye for now. See you in 2014. 

Countdown to the holidays…

It is almost the holidays and everyone will soon be enjoying a long break from school.

BUT the children can still be reading and writing over this time! As well as reading their own books, they can be borrowing from the local library.

Remember that reading happens in many places, not just within the covers of a book. Children can be reading along with e-books, and most children enjoy using the computer to play online games which often have written directions. Technology, including X-Box  and Play Station, puzzles, comic books and board games all provide fun opportunities for reading practice.

Your child might write captions for some holiday photos, or write letters / emails to friends and family.

I have put many links to online books and games on the Useful Fun Links page of this blog.




There are also many Youtube Christmas stories to enjoy.





Choosing a book to read

During the holidays is a great time to be reading! Local libraries are full of books (and magazines and e-books) and they are free to borrow! Children mainly choose books  for 2 reasons:

  1. They are interested in a book but it is beyond their reading ability, and someone else is required to read it to them. Spending time reading to your child can be a great bonding time.
  2. They like to find a book they can read themselves. This should be encouraged too because it is easy to forget your reading skills if you are not using them.

When children are choosing books for themselves they can use this ‘I Pick Just Right Books’ poster from http://www.twocandoit.blogspot.com/

If the children are going to read the books themselves, the main things to consider are the last 2 points. Is there enough pictorial support, and enough known words for the child to be able to have a really good go at reading it independently? If not, and the child still wants to borrow the book, it can become a ‘read to’ or ‘read with’ book.

Here is a handy tip from www.blog.maketaketeach.com to help you decide if a book is too hard or ‘just right’.


What is Visualizing?

Visualizing is the movie you make in your mind or the pictures you see in your mind as you are reading. This helps you to understand the story or the information better.

Tasks to support visualizing might be:

  • Draw a part in the story that made a detailed picture in your mind. (E.g. I’m drawing the dinosaurs running from the fire. There is a lot black smoke and fire on the trees and some burnt dinosaurs.)
  • What word choices or sentences did the author use that helped your visualizations? (Examples: ‘fat furry caterpillar’, ‘in the dark, dark woods’, ‘roaring fire’, lightning flashed across the sky’, ‘scary’, ‘enormous’)

Your children are asked to describe what they can see in their minds as they are reading in the classroom. Occasionally you might  like to try this at home. It helps you to check that the children are understanding what the author is telling them.