How we teach reading (and how you can help)
29 Aug 2014
Ben Munday with students reading at Holy Family Primary
Do you remember learning to drive? Even if you’ve never learned, you can probably imagine the process.
At first, there is SO much to remember and it can seem overwhelming. When you try to focus on getting the clutch right, you forget about putting on your indicator. Just when you feel you’ve got the hang of second gear, your teacher says “Now shift into third”.
If you had professional lessons, your instructor’s car had a second set of pedals on their side of the car. This way, they could share some of the control just in case you were about to drive them into a wall.
So what does all this have to do with reading?
Good readers are like good drivers. We use many, many different skills and processes all at the same time without even noticing. And just like you learn to change gears and steer so you can use the car to get somewhere, when we read we use all the different skills for a higher purpose – to make meaning from written words. In other words, to understand, or comprehend what we read. ‘Getting all the words right’ is less important than understanding what we read.
Just like driving teachers, school teachers use a ‘gradual release of responsibility’ model when teaching reading.
- In Modelled Reading, the teacher is in control.
- In Shared Reading, the teacher leads and the children join in.
- In Guided Reading, the children lead and the teacher joins in if necessary.
- In Independent Reading, the child leads and is in control.
- Read to your children every day in any language – even five minutes is a good start
- Talk about what you have read
- Talk about movies and games and compare them to stories you know
- Listen to your children read their home readers to you
- Have books available for your children to read for pleasure
- Take your children to the library to borrow books, magazines, books on CDs, anything!
- Teach your children to read a menu, a shopping list, a catalogue, a bus timetable, anything!
Mr Benjamin Munday
Holy Family East Granville
30 Nov 2022
Today we said thank you and farewell to Mr Ken Beardsley in a beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving. Ken has worked with Holy Family for nearly two decades. We wish Ken all the best with his retirement. It is very well deserved!
29 Nov 2022
Join us on a Virtual Exhibition showcasing the Stage 3 Pop Artworks from Term 3. Thank you to Ms Elisa Pettenon from CEDP and Mrs Rita Atileh for their support and guidance of of Stage Visual Arts Program.
28 Nov 2022
Just a reminder that tomorrow for wellbeing week students are invited to dress up as a maintenance man or woman. As students will be participating in some sporting activities throughout the day please ensure that appropriate footware is worn.
25 Nov 2022
Congratulations to Olivia Burke for being awarded the Auburn Review Citizenship Award last night. Citation: - Olivia is a diligent and respectful student who engages in all classroom activities, supports her peers and devotes her full attention to all that she faces. - She is an excellent model of our school’s values and expectations and strives for social justice within the school community. - Olivia is a wonderful role model to younger students as she possesses an understanding and patient nature which makes her a valuable peer to many at Holy Family. - She is happy and trusted to take responsibility for jobs she has been asked to do and carries them out in a mature manner.
22 Nov 2022
Last week Year 6 participated in our Mock High School experience. Students moved around the school with their school bags and completed lessons to prepare them for the transition to Year 7
22 Nov 2022
This year we farewell Mr Ken Beardsley. As we would like to farewell him as a whole school community we invite you to his farewell Mass on Wednesday November 30 @ 10am If you intend in attending the Mass, please return the attached note signed once your child brings it home.
22 Nov 2022
Around one hundred teachers, educators and leaders from throughout the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) have come together for a special TeachMeet event to share ideas and collaborate on how best to develop and implement a positive behaviour framework that can benefit every school community throughout the Diocese.
21 Nov 2022
This afternoon Year 4 and kindergarten joined together to learn about forces using the Lego Wedo kits! The students showed grit and teamwork to work together and make the pulley! They had such a great time being scientists!