Reading Programme

A WELL PLANNED READING SCHEME HAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY IN LEARNING TO READ. LEARNING TO READ IS NOT A SKILL WHICH WE ARE NATURALLY HARD WIRED FOR IN THE SAME WAY THAT OUR BRAINS ARE HARD WIRED FOR SPEECH. LEARNING TO READ TAKES PERSISTENCE AND SKILL, AND BENEFITS GREATLY FROM THE ENTHUSIASM OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS!

For children of KG-2 to Class 2

SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER - 1 HOUR SESSIONS - THRICE A WEEK

The Genius reading method helps children to recognise important words on sight, and to understand the relationship between sounds, letters and words. It will also develop children's confidence in reading, and is so lively and exciting that children want to read - and go on reading!

THE GENIUS READING PROGRAMME
  • is a simple, structured reading programme that progresses in small steps.
  • has lots of repetition
  • is as natural as possible
  • fits in with the way children are taught at school
  • is simple enough to give children a rapid, confidence-boosting feeling of success
  • provides enough variety to keep children interested as they progress
  • enables children to recognise key words on sight
  • is supported by flash cards, which help children with memory, recall and spelling
  • uses the look and say method to help children read whole words.
  • develops pronunciation and meaning through regular introduction and repetition of essential words
  • uses phonics, which helps children understand the relationship between sounds, letters and words
  • uses a progressively wider vocabulary to challenge new readers as their reading abilities improve.
  • uses a full range of reading materials
This combination ensures that children develop many different strategies to help them to learn to read.

Key words are the most frequently occurring words in the English language. Research has shown that very few of these key English words form a very high proportion of those in everyday use. One hundred of these words make up half the total number of words found in childrens' reading. Each of the key words is introduced gradually and repeated frequently.

Look and say teaches children a sight vocabulary of complete words through repetition. Many important words have to be taught by repetition because they cannot be sounded out using phonics. Even simple words such as 'they', 'said', 'ball' and 'was' are among many that cannot be made from alphabet sounds and need to be recognised as whole words.

Phonics are our alphabetic system and how it works - the letters and the sounds they represent.Understanding this helps children to pronounce and spell new words.

THE FIRST HUNDRED KEY WORDS

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FIVE MINUTE PROOF TEST

Choose a paragraph from any book or newspaper which was written for adults. Reading through the paragraph, underline all words from the first 100 key words. After counting the keywords in your paragraph, you should find that approximately 50% of the words are key words. This is finding on which the key words system is based and is structured to introduce these key words within repetitive stories.
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