All About Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery: A Guide For Parents

What is Reading Recovery? Reading Recovery is an early intervention program for young readers who are  experiencing difficulty in beginning reading instruction.  Reading Recovery was developed by Dr. Marie Clay in New Zealand and has been successfully implemented in the United States since 1984. Children receive an individualized reading program tailored to their needs and specifically designed to accelerate their  progress in reading and writing. The immediate goal is to assist children to read at or above the average level of their first grade peers within 16-20 weeks.  The long term goal is that children continue to improve in reading and writing through their regular class instruction and their independent reading.
What occurs during a Reading Recovery lesson? During each Reading Recovery lesson the child:  reads familiar stories which provide opportunities to practice skills, engages in fluent reading, and problem-solves challenges; reads a book that was new to him/her the previous day which enables the teacher to record the child's learning; works with letters and words on a chalkboard to construct words or engages in word analysis; writes one or two sentences in his/her writing book,  with teacher support in construction and analysis; reassembles his/her cut-up sentence to practice reading skills on  personal text; reads a new book for the first time and works through problem-solving challenges with teacher support.  At the end of the lesson the child selects two books to take home and read to you.
How often will my child receive Reading Recovery instruction and will my child still receive reading instruction in the classroom?  Children are provided one-to-one planned lessons for 30 minutes each day.   This one-to-one instruction allows for the teacher's close attention to reading and writing responses, beginning with each child's strengths and proceeding according to each child's needs as determined by his/her performance.  This instruction is provided in addition to  the regular classroom  reading instruction.
What can I do at home to help my child?  Read to your child every day.  Listen to your child read the two books  he/she has brought  home and observe your child assemble his/her cut up sentence puzzle, assisting if necessary.  This reading time is to be enjoyable and relaxing, a time  to listen and give support.  In addition, you and members of your family can model reading and writing as you read newspapers, magazines, and books or write cards, lists, or  notes.  All family members can act as models to help your child interpret print in his/her environment (traffic signs, billboards, supermarket signs).  Share the joy of reading!