Reading Recovery

Last Updated: 3/13/2019 8:24 PM

What is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is a targeted program for first-graders who need supplemental instruction in reading. The program consists of one-on-one tutoring by highly trained Reading Recovery teachers. The students receive a 30-minute lesson each day for 12 to 20 weeks; each lesson is tailored to the student’s reading and needs. After a full series of lessons, some 74% of students achieve grade-level standard.  

Reading Recovery Team

The Reading Recovery teachers achieve remarkable results because they have been trained in both theory and practice. Reading Recovery teachers are part of a literacy network of universities, teacher training sites and schools. Our Reading Recovery teachers at Oldham County Schools are highly trained and credentialed.  

What happens in a reading recovery lesson?

Each Reading Recovery lesson consists of:  

  • Reading several familiar stories
  • Reading a story that was read for the first time the day before
  • Working with letters and/or words using magnetic letters
  • Assembling a cut-up story
  • Reading a new book  

How can parents help?

Parents are an integral part of the Reading Recovery program. Each day after school, the students in the program bring home a bag with several books that have been read during Reading Recovery. When parents take the time to listen to their children read these books, they encourage progress and learning!

Be sure to:

  1. Give your child time to think. 
  2. Remind them to check the picture and think about the story.
  3. Encourage them to go back and read again. 
  4. Help them think about the story.
  5. Ask them to start a tricky work with the first sounds they see. 
  6. Help them find a part of the word they might know.


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