FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT READING RECOVERY
Who Can Participate? Reading Recovery is open to first grade students who are in need of extra help in reading.
Is Reading Recovery a classroom program? No. Reading Recovery is not an approach that can be generalized to classrooms or small group teaching. It is a specific approach to prevent literacy problems. During the Reading Recovery intervention, the teacher works from the individual child’s knowledge and responses in a one-to-one setting. Reading Recovery, in combination with strong classroom instruction, gives children the best chance for success.
How are students selected for Reading Recovery? Selection for Reading Recovery is based on recommendation by the classroom teacher and performance on the Observation Survey. The Observation Survey is a group of assessments that tells us exactly what the child knows about reading and writing. It includes Letter Identification, Word Test, Concepts about Print, Writing Vocabulary, Hearing and Recording Sounds in Words, and Text Level Reading.
What helps to make the Reading Recovery Program successful? The Reading Recovery Program places emphasis on reading for meaning. Students are taught to use multiple strategies for figuring out unknown words. These skills are applied when reading and writing. Parents are asked to take part by listening to their child read books each evening and supporting other home practice that is assigned, such as putting together a sentence that has been cut up or practicing high frequency words. School attendance is critical to the success of the program.
What is a typical Reading Recovery Lesson? A typical 30-minute Reading Recovery lesson consists of the following:
- REREADING TWO OR MORE FAMILIAR BOOKS (familiar reading)
- RUNNING RECORD
- WORKING WITH LETTERS AND/OR WORDS USING MAGNETIC LETTERS (word work)
- WRITING A STORY (including hearing and recording sounds in words)
- ASSEMBLING A CUT-UP STORY (cut-up sentence)
- READING A NEW BOOK
What is the length of a Reading Recovery Program? Individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher. As soon as students reach grade-level literacy expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to learn through their own efforts, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction.