Helping Your Child at Home
Students read many books in Reading
Recovery. By taking an interest in these READING
Comments from Parents… books and listening to your child read each
day, you will provide extra support and help
“Sammy’s confidence was
your child become a more proficient reader. Early Intervention for
the first thing we noticed a
Select First Graders
huge change in. He then,
Tell your child the title.
very quickly, became so
proud of himself as he As your child looks at the pictures,
talk about what the story might be
learned to read. Now he
about. Never cover up the pictures!
insists on reading everything
If your child stops at a word, give
he sees. He corrects his him or her time to try to figure it
brother’s reading now!” out. Have your child read it again.
After your child attempts the
tricky word, say the word for your
“The excitement I see in
her eyes each night when If your child stumbles over a word,
say the word correctly rather than
she reads me her books just
sounding it out.
warms my heart. I really
Encourage and praise your child!
have to coax her to go
Listen to your child read every day!
outside and play with her
Northern Illinois Information
Butterfield School Libertyville School
1441 W. Lake Street, Libertyville, Illinois 60048 District 70
Phone: 847.362.3120 Fax: 847.816.5613
Parents and Reading Recovery
About Reading Your child’s Reading Recovery® teacher will
Using Leveled Books
Recovery… contact you to discuss your child’s program. You
are always welcome to schedule a time to observe a Children progress at different rates as
lesson. You are also encouraged to contact your they acquire literacy skills. Therefore,
child’s Reading Recovery teacher at any time it is important that children read books
during your child’s program. that are “just the right size.” Children
For many different reasons, some
children find it hard to learn to read Your child may be invited to attend the Reading need books that are neither too
and write. The Reading Recovery® Recovery Training Site in Gurnee, Illinois, once challenging, nor too easy, in order to use
program helps first graders who are during the year so that his or her teacher can their reading strategies effectively. The
having difficulty become successful
demonstrate specialist skills to other teachers who books your child reads have to be “just
are training or continuing in Reading Recovery. If right.”
readers and writers. Reading Recovery
so, you will be contacted in advance.
supplements the classroom literacy
program by providing children with daily
In Reading Recovery, books are leveled
individualized instruction by a trained An Emergent Reader…
from Level 1 through 20. You will be able
Reading Recovery® teacher for
Before your child learned to walk, he or she learned to to monitor your child’s progress by
approximately 12 to 20 weeks. By the crawl and then pull him or herself up. Readers go through
noting the level(s) of the books your
end of the program, students should stages, too. Some children need a lot of practice with
support and encouragement at every stage. child brings home to read to you.
have caught up to the average reading
and writing level of their class.
Helping Your Child at Home… Your child will also select other familiar
Listen to your child read his or her books to you every books to bring home. Children learn to
Reading Recovery was developed by
night. Don’t forget to also read bedtime stories to your orchestrate the complex set of reading
Dr. Marie Clay in New Zealand in the
child. Stories have a language all their own. Your child strategies as they reread familiar books.
1970s and early 1980s. It has proved to needs to listen to lots of stories, too.
Don’t be surprised to see your child
be a very successful way of improving
bring his or her favorite books home
the literacy skills of young students.
Don’t Say “Sound it Out…”
again and again!
If we sounded out every word, reading would be laborious
and not much fun. Beginning readers need stories with a
repetitive pattern and very supportive pictures. Children
will begin to use the beginning and ends of words to help
1441 W. Lake Street
them read. Letter-sound relationships are reinforced
while your child is reading real books and writing real
stories. As books become more challenging, your child will
use many phonetic strategies along with meaning and