Reading Recovery Europe


How you can help

"Reading makes me feel excited because I don't know what is going to happen next in the story," Reading Recovery child.

You can help your child's progress in Reading Recovery.

Show an interest in your child's reading

Spending a few minutes each day reading with your child will make a big difference! When your child starts Reading Recovery lessons he/she will bring home a few books each day. Encourage him/her to read the books he/she brings home each day.

These books will be easy for your child to read so they can share their success with you and enjoy their reading. It is helpful for your child to read a book more than once, but if you are worried about this, talk to your child's Reading Recovery teacher.

This should be a shared, happy time together. It is not a test, and it shouldn't feel like hard work for your child. If they get stuck on a word say 'try to work it out', silently count to three and if they haven't got the word by then, just tell them and keep the story reading going smoothly.

Aim to spend 10 minutes a day, but if this is too long for your child, try five minute reads twice a day. The most important thing is to enjoy it together.

Make sure your child is in school every day if possible.

Make sure your child is in school every day if possible, so that he/she does not miss any Reading Recovery lessons.
Children progress faster if they attend school every day because they are able to practise the skills they have learnt and build their confidence from lesson to lesson.

 Watch your child have a Reading Recovery lesson in school.

Watching your child's Reading Recovery lesson will be great for your child and for you! Your child can see you taking an active interest in their learning and can show you just how hard they are working. You can see how much progress they are making, how the teacher helps them and what you can do to help too.

Help your child to do their daily sentence puzzle.

Each day your child will bring home a little packet or envelope with their 'cut up story'. This is a sentence or two which he/she was written in the lesson. Their teacher has copied onto a strip of card and then cut up into individual words or groups of letters for them to reassemble.

This will only take a few minutes for your child, so:

  • First help your child to read the sentence(s) on the envelope. Then turn the envelope over and let your child make the sentence out of the words. If they forget the sentence, just remind them. The task is to find the words and put them into the sentence.
  • Putting the sentence back together will help your child link what they are learning to do in writing with what they are learning to do in reading.
  • Ask your child to read the put-together story to make sure it makes sense and looks right.