Some months ago I wrote about my struggling reader. He came to the Bloomfield Learning Centre at the age of 10+ with a reading age of 6.
Well, he crashed into my classroom (with his scooter) after Christmas announcing he had read two books over the holidays – ‘Holes’ and ‘Wonder’. Amazing! And true! He has become a reader! Recently he finished reading ‘Millions’ and has now embarked on the Cherub Series.
Wow! I am so pleased.
I did a quick assessment and his reading age is now 9.3. He is 12.3 so he still has some catching up to do but I have every confidence he will – because he loves to read.
How did this change come about? Simple: a systematic phonic programme which teaches graphemes in step-by-step progression, lots of practice at each stage and decodable books that match the reading level at each stage. That’s it.
I am really pleased…
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