The Reading Diet Children working with self- selected material including familiar text Children working in small groups with text selected by teacher at the instructional level Children working with a challenging text in a whole- class context. Paired Reading Personal Reading Guided Reading Shared Reading Learner and a skilled reader read a text together. The learner is able to take over reading in sections where they feel confident.
What is Shared Reading? Used in a whole class context where all students are able to see the same text. Helps children read and enjoy books that they may not be able to read independently Opportunity for teacher/parent to introduce, model and reinforce reading strategies. Can improve comprehension and analysis through discussion and a focus on language.
What is Guided Reading? The teacher works with a small group of children who are at the same developmental stage of reading The teacher selects an unknown text that provides just the right balance of supports and challenges The teacher reminds the children to use a range of reading strategies The teacher uses questioning and other strategies to develop comprehension
What is Personal Reading? Children choose their own texts and read independently.
What is Paired Reading? Peer-supporting learning. More fluent readers are paired with less fluent readers. Can be used with any book. Involves reading together until the less fluent reader feels confident to take over. No phonics. Errors are addressed and correct words modelled. Develops a love of reading and improves flow, speed and confidence. Anyone can do paired reading! Even parents.
Beanstalk Reading Nandini and Maureen 3 reluctant readers Year 3 and year 5 Children love going to sessions, which last half an hour - twice a week. Teachers noted a significant improvement in reading levels.
Comprehension What is comprehension? What were your experiences of comprehension at school? Different types of questioning to stretch thinking.
How can you support your child with reading? Read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day. Set up a comfortable, quiet and inviting reading area. Surround your child with different types of books. Think of ways to make reading fun - look for books on topics that your child is interested in e.g. dragons, sport. Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs, DVDs, and E-books. Buy dual-language books if English isnt your familys first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
How can you support your child? Promote Reading for Pleasure with your child. Expose them to a variety of texts and reading experiences. Questioning and discussion about the book. Linking books to personal experiences and asking your child for their opinions. Integrate reading into everyday activities e.g. reading signs when out and about, cooking, shopping, newspapers, holiday scrapbooks. Use reading and discussion of texts as a springboard for writing. Use student planners to record and celebrate reading achievements.
…and why? The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Earnest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village. Roald Dahl Matilda
Useful Websites http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/ http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/book box/home.htm http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ http://www.justimaginestorycentre.co.uk/ Please visit the Reading area on Fronter.