My name is Frances Smith and I have worked in Education in Primary Schools for nearly 40 years as a classroom teacher, Literacy Leader and Diversity Leader in many schools across Melbourne.
Currently I have been working with staff assessing the Literacy needs of the students and preparing for the introduction of the Tutor Learning Initiative. This has involved intensive training for me and intensive assessment of students to help us target those students most in need of intervention. Further information will be provided to families about the program Minilit which we will be using as well as the ongoing targeted interventions that will be implemented in classes to assist all students.
Reading at Home:
It is important to note that home reading books provided are often at a much easier level of reading than the levels the children use to read with at school.
Home reading is a time of enjoyment for parent and child with the opportunity to practise the strategies being learnt in class.
You can support your child in learning to read by reading with your child for about 20 minutes every day using a story book.
Here are some helpful hints.
1. Set the scene - before you read the story, discuss with your child the title of the book and ask ‘What might the story be about?’ Try to relate it to your child’s own experience, if you can. e.g If it is about dogs, talk about a dog they may know.
2. Read the book to your child then with your child and as they grow in confidence give them the opportunity to read the story by themselves. If you come across unfamiliar words, stop and tell your child what they mean.
3. After reading the book, ask your child questions about the story. For example, “What happened at the beginning of the story?” or “What happened at the end of the story?” You might also want to try asking different types of questions that require more than a yes or no answer. For example, “Why do you think the little girl was so sad?” These sorts of questions will help to develop your child’s language skills.