Literacy

Our Literacy program provides an excellent opportunity for all children to realise their full potential as readers and writers.  We are very proud of our students’ achievements in literacy, and use a variety of teaching skills and strategies to ensure that all children are supported in this area. We work hard to develop independent readers and writers by engaging students in small and whole group settings daily. Our students are involved in mini lessons in reading, writing directed by the teacher. Students are given the appropriate support with texts that allow them the chance to be challenged, but also allow them to achieve success.   They regularly conference their work with the teacher and their peers, developing personalised learning goals in both reading and writing.

WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH READING AT HOME

– Good readers know how to…
– Look at the picture.
– Look at the starting letter.
– Get their mouth ready with that sound, look at the rest of the word.
– Reread and make their best guess.
– Stretch the word.
– Read on.

– Preparing for and throughout the reading experience
– Remember that getting meaning from print is what reading is all about.
– Talk about the book before you read it.
– Look at the pictures, the cover and the title.
– Ask “What do you think it is about?”
– Go through the book page by page.
– Talk about the picture and the words or ideas that might be in the book.

– Correcting mistakes your child makes
– Always give children time to help figure out a word before telling them.
– Don’t jump in and correct your child if a mistake is made.
– Give them at least five seconds to see if they self-correct.
– If the mistake makes sense as in a misreading of ‘house’ for ‘home’, let your child continue to the end of the sentence. – Then go back and ask ‘What word is that?’
– If the mistake does not make sense, lead your child to correct the mistake by allowing time to self-correct.
– Reread what your child has said and ask ‘Does that make sense?’
– Finally, if the meaning is still not clear, look at the word and find familiar sounds such as ‘s’ at the beginning and ‘ing’ at the end.

– Questioning at the end of reading
– Children could be asked any of the following questions when they have finished reading a book.
– Did you enjoy the book? Why?
– How did you choose it?
– Who were the characters in this book?
– Who was the character you liked the most?
– How could you describe the character?
– Was there anything about it you did not like?
– Could you read the part of the book you enjoyed the most?
– Could you think of another ending?
– Did you come across any unusual words? Can you find them?
– Are there any words you did not know the meaning of?
– Can you retell what happened in the story?
– Can you make a connection between this book, and another book, or this book and yourself?