The ability to read independently with fluency and expression is a life skill that is vital. Reading Recovery is a school program that offers special help to children in Year 1 whose literacy skills in reading and writing are slow to develop. The specially trained Reading Recovery teacher identifies the needs of each child and then teaches them to overcome their literacy learning difficulties.Children are selected for the program, based on individual measures of assessment and teacher judgement. Their classroom literacy program is then supplemented with daily one-to-one lessons of thirty minutes. The program runs for twelve to twenty weeks with a specially trained teacher.
The lessons consist of a variety of reading and writing experiences designed to help children develop effective reading and writing strategies. The program continues until the child can read within or above the class average and has demonstrated the use of independent reading and writing strategies.
The remarkable progress made by children participating in the Reading Recovery Program demonstrates that high percentages of at-risk students can achieve success quickly with participation in this intervention program.