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Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention.  It was developed in the 1970's by New Zealand educator Marie Clay.  It has been progressively refined and revised over 30 years.  Its major centres are the Institute of Education (http://www.ioe.ac.uk/) in the UK, The Ohio State University in the US, Reading Recovery in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.  The International Literacy Centre (http://ilc.ioe.ac.uk/) is located at the Institute of Education, part of the University of London. Reading Recovery is at the International Literacy Centre's core. There are over 60 Reading Recovery centres throughout the UK.

 

Children are selected at or around six years of age and are given a series of carefully designed individual lessons taking each child’s problems into account and turning the risk of failing into accelerated progress. The intervention involves intensive one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day with a trained literacy teacher, for between 12 and 20 weeks.

 

A typical tutoring session would include the following activities, usually in the following order:

 

  • Reading 2 familiar books                                                                          10 mins

     Re-reading yesterday’s new book and taking a running record

 

  • Working with letter identification       

      Breaking words into parts                                                                         2 mins

      Writing a story

 

  • Hearing and recording sounds                                                                  10 mins

     Reconstructing the cut-up story

     

  • Listening to the new book introduction                                                    10 mins

     Attempting to read the new book           

           

Every day, a child will bring home a RR pack and a child will be expected to do his/her Reading and Sentence work every day. 

 

This pack (depending on a child’s particular learning needs) will contain:

  1. At least 1 book (PM books)
  2. A cut up sentence in an envelope
  3. Sentence / Letter Formation Homework Book
  4. Any additional resources as and when required

 

To follow:

 

  • PM Books
  • What to say when your child is reading to you
  • Each level’s Book and Reader Characteristics

 

 

PM Books

 

PM Books are original and most widely recognized book-banded reading scheme. The PM Collection features more than 1000 accurately leveled fiction and non fiction titles ranging from levels 1-30. 

They are meticulously leveled to ensure a gentle learning gradient. http://www.nelson.com/pmfamily/

 

 

Level 1-2 Books (Pink)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

  • You read it with your eyes.
  • You said it slowly and it helped you.
  • You pointed under each word.
  • You said the first sound and it helped you.
  • You made your voice match the words. 
  • You tried it again, and you made it match.
  • That made sense in this part of the story.
  • You were thinking about what made sense there.
  • You made it sound right after you fixed it. 

 

After your child read to you, Parent  can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what happened in the story.
  • Talk about what the story made you think.
  • Show me a word that was new or hard. 
  • Show me some words that were easy.
  • What did you like about this book?
  • On this page, tell me how the picture matches the words. 
  • On this page, what is this character feeling? How do you know?

Level 2 Books (Pink)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

 

  • You read it with your eyes. 
  • You pointed under each word.
  • You made your voice match the words.
  • You tried it again, and you made it match!
  • That made sense in this part of the story.
  • You were thinking what made sense there.
  • You made it sound right after you fixed it.
  • You thought about the first sound and it helped you!
  • You read that again and you did have another go at the tricky word. 
  • You made it make sense and sound right. 

 

 

After the read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what happened in the story.
  • Talk about what the story made you think.
  • Show me a word that was new or hard. Why was it hard?
  • Show me some words that were easy. Why was it easy?
  • What did you like about this book?
  • Talk about something from the beginning of the book.
  • Talk about something from the end of the book. 
  • On this page, what is this character feeling? How do you know?

Level 3-4  Books (Red)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

  • You pointed under each word. 
  • You made your voice match the words. 
  • That made sense in this part of the story.
  • You were thinking about what made sense there. 
  • You were thinking about what made sense there. 
  • You made it sound right after you fixed it. 
  • You said the first sound and it helped you.
  • You looked at the ending. 
  • You made it makes sense and sound right.
  • now it all fits together. 
  • You thought of another word you know. 
  • You thought about a part you know.
  • You thought about a part you know. 
  • You added a letter, and now it is right. 
  • You noticed the first letter and that helped you.

 

After the read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what happened in the story.
  • Talk about what the story made you think of.
  • Show me a word that was new or hard. Why was it hard?
  • Show me some words that were easy. Why was it easy?
  • What did you like about this book?
  • Talk about something from the beginning of the book.
  • Talk about something from the end of the book.
  • On this page, what is this character feeling. How do you know?
  • Why is this book called ________?

 

Level 5-6 Books (Red/Yellow)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

  • You were thinking about what made sense there. 
  • You made it sound right after you fixed it.
  • You made it make sense and sound right. 
  • Now it all fits together. 
  • You thought of another word you know.
  • You thought about a part you know. 
  • You fixed it s that it made sense. 
  • You covered the last pat and you figured it out. 
  • You checked with your finger all by yourself. You know something was wrong. 
  • You noticed that it didn't made sense. 
  • You had trouble but you figured it out. 

 

 

After the read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what happened in the story.
  • Talk about what the story made you think of, something that happened to you or another book?
  • What did you learn about (character name)?
  • Show me a part that was new or hard. Why was it hard?
  • Show me a part or word that was easy. Why was it easy?
  • What did you like about this book?
  • On this page, what is this character feeling? How do you know?
  • Why did you think (character) did that?

 

 

Level 7-8  Book (Yellow)

 

I can help by watching and saying:

  • You were thinking about what made sense there. 
  • Now it all it fits together.
  • You thought of another word you know. 
  • You fixed it so that it made sense. 
  • You checked with your finger all by yourself. You knew something was wrong. 
  • You noticed that it didn't make sense..
  • You read it quickly.
  • You made a full stop. 
  • You took a little breath. 
  • You put your words together, you made it sound like talking. 

 

After they read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book/what happened in the story.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of.
  • Show me a word that was new or hard. Why was it hard?
  • What did you like about this book?
  • Talk about something from the beginning of the book.
  • Talk about something from the end of the book.
  • On this page, what is this character feeling? How do you know?
  • Why is this the book called _____?
  • What do you think the author was trying to tell you in this book?

Level 9-10 Book (Blue)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

  • Now it all fits together. 
  • You worked that out on your own.
  • You thought of another word you know. 
  • You thought about what would makes sense.
  • You tried it again in another way.
  • You checked with your finger all by yourself. 
  • You knew something was wrong.
  • You noticed that it didn't make sense.
  • You read it quickly.
  • You made a full stop.
  • You took a little breath. 
  • You put your words together, you made it sound like talking.

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book/what happened in the story.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of.
  • What did you like about this book.
  • Talk about something from the beginning/end of the book.
  • Was this a fiction or non-fiction book? How do you know?
  • Show me a page where you learned something new.
  • On this page, what is this character feeling? How do you know?
  • Why is this book called ______?
  • What do you the author was trying to tell you in this book?
  • Tell me why you think _____ happened? What makes you think that?
  • Was there anything surprising or funny?
  • When you look at this page, how can you predict what will happen next?

Level 11 - 12 Book (Blue/Green)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

  • You covered the last part and you figured it out. 
  • You thought about what made sense.
  • You fixed it before you moved on.
  • You used the words and pictures to help you with the new word.
  • You were thinking about how the talking should sound.
  • You made it all sound right.
  • You read more words together. 
  • You made your voice go up with the question mark.
  • You found out what was wrong all by yourself.

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk bout what the book made you think of; other books, your experience.
  • What did you like about this book?
  • What happened first n the story? Next? Last?
  • Why did (character) do that?
  • Was it fiction or non-fiction? How do you know?
  • Show me something that was new or surprising. 
  • What do you know about (character's name)?
  • What do you think (character) is feeling on this page? What makes you think that?
  • Why did ______________happen? How do you know?
  • Talk about some facts you remember about ______.
  • Look at this page. What is the author trying to tell you?

Level 13-14  Book  (Green)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

  • You recognized the words you knew quickly.
  • You noticed and used part of the word that you already knew.
  • You broke the work into chunks to figure it out.
  • You went back and reread to make it sound right. 
  • You looked at the picture, bold words to figure it out. 
  • You paid attention to who was talking and you made your voice match.
  • You noticed punctuation as you read and made your voice sound right. 
  • You reread to make makes sense. 
  • You thought about what made sense and chose a word quickly.
  • You sounded excited when you read that part.
  • That sounded interesting because of the way you used your voice. 

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of; other books, your experience.
  • Talk about what you liked about this book. Talk about what you didn't like.
  • What happened first in the story? Next? Last?
  • Talk about why (character) did that.
  • Was it fiction or non-fiction? How do you know?
  • Show me something that was new or surprising.
  • What do you know about (character )?
  • Show me a page where the picture helped you understand the words.
  • Why did ___________happen? How do you know?
  • Talk about some facts you remember about___________.
  • Look at this page, talk about what the author is trying to tell you. 

Level 15-16 Book (Orange)

 

A parent can help by watching and saying:

  • You didn't stop for very long to figure that out. 
  • You recognized the words you knew quickly.
  • You noticed and used part of the word that you already knew. 
  • You broke the word into chunks to figure it out. 
  • You went back and reread to make it sound right. 
  • You looked at the picture/bold word to figure it out. 
  • You fixed it before going on.
  • You looked at the heading/table of contents to figure it out. 
  • You made your voice match the punctuation. 
  • You made your voice sound like talking. 

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of; other books, your experience.
  • Talk about what you liked in this book. Talk about what you didn't like. 
  • What happened first in the story? Next? Last?
  • Talk about what the problem was in the story?
  • Was it fiction or non-fiction? How do you know?
  • Show me something that was new or surprising. 
  • What do you know about (character)?
  • Show me a page where the pictures/photos helped you understand the words.
  • Why did ___________happen? How do you know?
  • Talk about some facts you remember about the topic.

Level 17 Book (Turquoise)

 

Parent can help by watching and saying:

  • You thought about what made sense.
  • You broke the word down into smaller parts. 
  • You reread it so that it made sense.
  • You made that part sound interesting. 
  • You made it all fit together. 
  • You read more words together.
  • You made it sound like talking.
  • You made your voice go down when you saw a period and up when you saw a question mark. 
  • You were listening to yourself to check how it sounded.
  • You figured out what it meant by reading the words around it. 

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of; other books, your experience.
  • Talk about what you liked about this book. Talk about what you didn't like.
  • What happened first in the story? Next? Last?
  • Talk about what the problem was in the story.
  • Was there a spot where you used your background knowledge (what you already know)
  • Show me something that was new or surprising. 
  • What do you know about (character)?
  • Show me a page where the pictures/photos helped you understand the words. 
  • Why did_____________happen? How do you know?
  • Talk about some facts you remember about the topic?

Level 18 ( Purple)

 

Parent can help by:

  • You thought about what made sense.
  • You reread it so that it made sense. 
  • You made that part sound interesting. 
  • You made it all fit together. 
  • You made it sound like talking. 
  • You made your voice go down when you saw a full stop and up when you saw a question mark/exclamation mark. 
  • You made that part/word sound important. 
  • You looked at the heading/photo/bold print to solve it. 
  • You figured out what it meant by reading the words around it. 
  • You noticed that it might  mean something else. 

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of; other books, your experience.
  • Talk about what you liked about this book. Talk about what you didn't like. 
  • What happened first in the story? Next? Last?
  • Talk about what the problem was in the story.
  • Were all the words the same kind? Or did the author use different kinds of writing?
  • Show me something that was new or surprising.
  • What do you know about (character)?
  • Show me a page where the pictures/photos helped you understand the words.
  • Why did __________happen? How do you know?
  • Talk about some facts you remember about this topic. 

Level  19 Book (Gold)

 

Parent can help by listening and saying:

  • You thought about what made sense. 
  • You reread it so that it made sense. 
  • You made that part sound interesting.
  • You made it all fit together. 
  • You read more words together. 
  • You made it sound like talking. 
  • You made your voice go down when you saw a full stop and up when you saw a question mark. 
  • You made that part/word sound important. 
  • You looked at the heading/photo/bold words to solve it. 
  • You figured out what it meant by reading the words around it. 
  • You noticed that it might mean something else. 

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what the book made you think (other books, experiences)
  • Talk about what you liked about this book. Talk about what you didn't like.
  • What happened first in the story? Next? Last?
  • Talk about what the problem was in the story.
  • How did the author show what a character was feeling? or What they were thinking?
  • Show me something that was new or surprising. 
  • What do you know about (character)?
  • Show me a page where the pictures/photos helped you understand the words. 
  • Why did __________happen? How do you know?
  • Talk about some facts you remember about the topic. 

 

Level 21-22 (Gold) Book

 

Parent can help by listening and saying:

  • You thought about what made sense. 
  • You reread it so that it made sense.
  • You made that part sound interesting.
  • You made it all fit together.
  • You read more words together.
  • You figured it out without a picture.
  • You made your voice go down when you saw a full stop and you when you saw a question mark/exclamation mark.
  • You made that part/word sound important.
  • You looked at the heading/photo/bold words to solve it.
  • You figured out what it meant by reading the words around it.
  • You noticed that it might mean something else, and you fixed it. 

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of.
  • Talk about what you liked/disliked in this book.
  • What happened first in the story? Next? Last?
  • Talk about what the problem was in the story. What was the solution?
  • How did the author show what a character was felling? or what they were thinking?
  • Show me something that was new or surprising.
  • What kind of person is (character's name)? How did the author show that?
  • What was the most important idea in this book?
  • Why is this topic important to you or not important to you? 
  • Talk about some facts you remember about the topic.

Level 23-24 (White)

Parent can help by listening and saying:

  • You thought about what made sense. 
  • You reread it so that it made sense.
  • You made that part sound interesting. 
  • You made it all fit together.
  • You read more words together. 
  • You figured it out without a picture.
  • You made your voice go down when you saw a period and up when you saw a question mark.
  • You made that part/word sound important. 
  • You looked at the heading/photo/bold words to solve it.
  • You figured out what it meant by reading the words around it. 
  • You noticed that it might mean something else, and you fixed it. 

 

After Read, Parent can say:

  • Talk about what you learned in this book.
  • Talk about what the book made you think of other books or experiences.
  • Talk about what you liked about this book. Talk about what you didn't like.
  • What happened first/next/last in the story?
  • Talk about what the problem was in the story. What was the solution?
  • How did the author show what a character was feeling? or what they were thinking?
  • Show me something that was new or surprising. 
  • What kind of person is (character's name)? How ere they the same or different from someone else in the story?
  • What was the most important idea in this book?
  • Why is this topic important/not important to you?
  • Talk about some facts you remember about the topic.

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