What is Reading Recovery®?

Reading Recovery is a preventative early intervention program developed by Dr. Marie Clay in New Zealand and implemented around the world.  It is designed to dramatically reduce the number of Grade One students with literacy difficulties.

Reading Recovery intervenes early with intensive, daily, individual instruction to help the lowest achieving readers and writers.  This support is provided by a specially trained teacher working within the child’s school environment and it is offered in addition to classroom instruction.  Each Reading Recovery lesson is individually designed to help the student extend their oral language, letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, and problem-solving strategies as a reader, as well as their understanding of phonics and the conventions of print.

Reading Recovery can bring students to accepted literacy levels in approximately 12-20 weeks, lifting each child’s learning pace so their reading and writing skills are on par with their peers. The few children who may not be able to make this accelerated progress within 12-20 weeks are referred for longer term support.  As there are a limited number of Reading Recovery spots available at each site, students are selected for Reading Recovery based upon a careful screening of reading and writing skills.

The expectation for students in Reading Recovery is that they attend daily sessions and read their chosen books nightly with a parent or caregiver. Parents are invited to observe a Reading Recovery session in order to understand how Reading Recovery students are supported. Reading Recovery is based on a team approach between Reading Recovery teacher, classroom teacher, and the child’s family; working together yields the best results.

For further information please contact:

Langley Reading Recovery® Centre
Reading Recovery® Teacher Leader:
Melissa Lonneberg
20202 – 35th Ave.
Langley, BC
V3A 2P8
Email: mlonneberg@sd35.bc.ca

More about Reading Recovery® can be found online at:
Reading Recovery® Council of North America:
Canadian Institute for Reading Recovery®