Reading Recovery

What is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is a school-based early intervention program developed in New Zealand by Dame Professor Marie Clay. It aims to assist Year One students who require additional assistance to be able to read and write at the same level as most of the other children in their class.

Reading Recovery provides a second opportunity for children having difficulty with literacy learning, as the strategies used complement the Early Years Reading and Writing program provided daily by teachers in the classroom.

The Reading Recovery program has assisted thousands of children in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States of America to make rapid progress in reading and writing.

In the Reading Recovery program, the great majority of children change from being ineffective readers to being active, independent problem solvers, able to meet the challenges of the daily reading and writing program in the classroom.

The Program

Each child has an individual program designed in response to his/her particular needs by a trained Reading Recovery teacher.

Each child has a daily, thirty minute Reading Recovery session. This is in addition to the daily regular classroom reading and writing activities.

Children participate in the program for twelve to twenty weeks.

Each day a child in a Reading Recovery program will take home familiar books to read, and a cut-up sentence to reassemble. If parents are able to spend time each day, working with their child to complete these activities, the child’s learning will be further enhanced.

Children participate in the program on a daily basis therefore it is important that the children attend school regularly, enabling them to make rapid progress.

At Bimbadeen Heights Primary School, a trained Reading Recovery teacher works with four children for a period of twelve to twenty weeks.