Reading Recovery

How often should you read to your children?

There are many benefits of reading aloud to your child, from the bonding that comes with cuddling close and listening to the sound of another person’s voice, to building their vocabulary, increasing their chances of academic success, and even improving their ability to empathize with others. Yet for parents who work or have more than one child, it can be hard to set aside time to read with your child. For children, it is all too tempting to watch TV or to play 

Xbox games, however, nothing can be better prepare a child for future life than reading.

It is important for adults to read to children every day and for children to read aloud whether to a parent, baby brother, or aunt. Setting a good example for your child by finding time for yourself to read a book each day is also a great idea.



What can I do to help my child improve their reading skills?

Ask questions and then ask some more! For example;

Before reading:

·         Looking at the title, cover/pictures, what do you think will happen in this book?

·         What makes you think that?

·         What characters do you think might be in the book?

·         Do you think there will be a problem in the story? Why?

·         What do you already know about the topic of this book?

·         Does the topic or story relate to you or your family? How?

·         Do you think it will be like any other book you’ve read? It so, how do you think it will be similar?

During reading:

·         What has happened so far? Tell me using sequence words? (First, then, next, finally, etc.)

·         What do you predict will happen next?

·         How do you think the story will end?

·         Why do you think the character did….?

·         What would you have done if you were the character?

·         How would you have felt if you were the character?

·         When you read, what pictures did you see in your head?

·         What are you wondering about as you read? What questions do you have?

·         Think about the predictions you made before reading; do you still think the story will go that way? Why or why not?









After reading:

·         Why is the title a good title for the book/story? If you had to give it a different title, what would be another good title?

·         Were you predictions correct? Where did you adapt your predictions as you read?

·         How did the character try to solve the problem?

·         Did any of the characters change through the story? Who? In what way?

·         Why do you think the author wrote this?

·         What is the most important point that author is trying to make?

·         What was your favourite part? Why?

·         If you could change one part, what would you change?

·         If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask?

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a very powerful way of improving a child’s life chances. it is usually delivered on a one to one basis outside the classroom, three – five times a week for 20 – 30 minutes. it usually lasts for 20 weeks but it depends on the child.

It usually involves;

·         Reading a familiar book

·         Reading yesterday’s new book

·         Letter recognition or sound work

·         Sentence construction

·         Reading a new book

At Sunnyfields, we introduced Reading Recovery in 2012 and found it to be hugely successful for a variety of children, all whom found their attitude to reading became a very positive one. The Reading Recovery programme helped identify the strategies that a child was already using and helped them develop other strategies to ensure that they become more fluent, confident readers. Their self-esteem improved generally and a significant improvement in other areas of the curriculum was noticeable in the classroom and at home.


Reading Recovery is a wonderful opportunity.