Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a first grade reading intervention. Daily 30-minute lessons are individually designed and delivered by a reading specialist trained in Reading Recovery. The intervention ranges anywhere from 12 to 20 weeks in length. The purpose of the Reading Recovery lessons is to promote accelerated learning so that students catch up to their peers and can benefit from classroom instruction without "extra help." Each lesson consists of reading familiar books, reading the previous day's new book (and observing reading behaviors), working with letters and/or words using magnetic letters, writing a complete sentence (story), cutting apart the sentence and assembling it in sequence, and reading a new book.

The teacher creates opportunities for the student to problem-solve and provides just enough support to help the student develop reading and writing strategies. Every lesson incorporates learning about letters and sound relationships. Children are taught to hear and record sounds and to work with spelling patterns. Reading Recovery encourages comprehension and problem solving with print so that decoding is purposeful and students read fluently.