• Welcome to My Reading Recovery® Lesson

    (from the Reading Recovery® student's perspective) 

    Rereading Familiar Books

    In every lesson, I get to read lots of little books.  I get to pick some of my favorite stories that I have read before.  This is easy for me.  I try to read my book like a story and make it sound like people are talking.  My teacher says, "That's good reading; that's how reading should sound." 


    Taking a Running Record

    Now I have to read a book all by myself!  My teacher will check on me and won't help me unless I have a hard problem.  If I just can't figure out a word or get mixed up, my teacher will tell me the word or say, "try that again."  I read this book yesterday, and my teacher helped me work hard to figure out the tricky parts.  Now I think I can read it pretty good all by myself.


    Letter Identification or Word Work

    Sometimes I need to work on learning about letters or important chunks in words.  My teacher knows all about the things I need to learn.  I like to move the magnetic letters around on the whiteboard.  They help me understand what I am learning.


    Writing a Story

    Every day I get to think up my own story to write in my writing book.  I can write lots of little words all by myself.  My teacher likes my stories and helps me work to figure out how to write some of the words.  We use boxes to help me hear sounds in words.  I say the word I want to write slowly so I can hear the sounds, and then I write the letters in the boxes all by myself.  I like to read my story when I'm done.


    Cut Up Sentences

    I read the story and my teacher writes it on a long strip of paper.  My teacher cuts up my story so I can put it together, then I have to check myself to see if I got it right.  Most of the time I do!


    New Book Introduction

    I like this part of the lesson the best.  My teacher picks out a new story just for me and tells me what the story is about.  We look at the pictures and think about what the people and animals say in this book.  My teacher also helps me think about some new, important words in my story.  Isn't it fun to hear about the story and look at the pictures before you read it?  I think it helps me read the story too!


    New Book Attempted

    Now it's my turn to work again, but I like to try this.  I know my lesson is almost over.  When I come to a hard part, my teacher will ask me questions to help me think or she might show me what I should try to think about or do.  My teacher is trying to teach me to do all the things that readers do.  If I have to work real hard on this story, we will probably read it again together so I can just think about the story.  But only if there is enough time.