The aim is for the Reading Recovery student to learn a variety of strategic actions (ways of working out words and meaning).
One of our new Reading Recovery goal strips is ‘Slow check the word as if it is in boxes’.
During the writing component of the lesson, the student has been shown how to match sounds to (probable) letters through the use of sound boxes. The student pushes counters into boxes as he / she slowly says the word. This is repeated until all the sounds are heard and represented.
During reading, this knowledge of sound boxes can be used to match letters to (probable) sounds to solve a word. The student runs his / her finger underneath the unknown word to slowly look through the word as if it was in sound boxes, and chooses sounds that could match those letters, e.g. l-i-tt-le.