Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a locally developed supplemental reading program. It is designed to help children who are having difficulties reading to become great readers. The lessons in the program are targeted to each individual child. Strategies used are based on those of an nationally acclaimed reading program which has been very successful in helping children to become independent, efficient readers.

The Reading Recovery program is maintained in each elementary school to broaden the range and type of intervention programs available to first grade students who demonstrate a need for remedial services. Reading Recovery teachers provide both one-to-one reading instruction and small group remediation.

Basic Steps in a Reading Recovery Lesson

Reread Familiar Books

Have your child pick out his/her favorite books. It is good for them to read things they have read before. This will help them with recognizing words and sounds.

Keep a Running Record

Have your child read a book by himself or herself. Don't offer assistance unless they are just stumped. Then help them with the word or sentence and have them do it over again. By the time your child goes through the book a few times, he/she will be able to read it with little or no difficulties.

Writing Stories

Create a writing book for your child. In this they can write stories about everyday life or ones they create. Help them to write words they don't know. Have the children say the words slowly to hear the sounds. Reread the story when the child is done.

Cut-Up Sentence

Write the story out on a long strip of paper. Cut each individual word out and mix the words up. Have your child put the story back in order. 

New Book Introduction

Pick out a brand new story for your child to read. Walk your child through the book and tell him/her what it is about. Help him/her to think of new words to associate with the book. This may help your child to read the story when you do so.

New Book Attempt

Have your child attempt to read the newly introduced book. This may be hard for him/her. So, when the child comes to a hard part, ask him/her questions to help them think about what to think about or do.

Helping Your Child at Home

You can help your child at home by following the steps below.

  1. Listen to your child read the complete sentence that the teacher has printed on the envelope. If your child cannot recall what the sentence was, refresh their memory and then have them repeat the sentence.
  2. Watch your child put the cut-up pieces back into the correct order.
  3. After the sentence is put back together, ask your child to check it against the sentence on the envelope to make sure it is correct and have your child read it to you.
  4. Be careful not to use the words as flash cards or expect your child to read the words without the entire sentence being present.