Reading Policy

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Language Arts – Reading Policy

Rationale

The ability to read is vital for students to function effectively in a competitive and global environment.  A child’s ability to read is fundamental to his development as an independent learner.  Children who value reading and understand the importance of reading will be motivated to learn.  Every aspect of life involves reading.

Guidelines

  • Teacher will model the act of reading through shared reading and provide support through guided reading.
  • Teachers will help students become independent readers by teaching the various reading strategies.
  • Foster a love for reading as an enjoyable, stimulating and worthwhile activity.
  • Create a supportive and conducive environment for reading.
  • Ensure that students keep a reading journal where parents sign to confirm students daily reading at home and is seen by the teacher every week.
  • Teacher will read aloud to students on a daily basis regardless of grade level.
  • Poetry, drama and choral reading should be incorporated into reading lessons to make reading more enjoyable and interesting.
  • Phonics and phonemic awareness is taught at all grade levels.
  • A slot will be allocated on the time table for 12:55 – 1:15 pm for USSR twice a week. This will be recorded in the journal and signed by the teacher.
  • Reading materials/text should be at the level of the majority of students in the class and should be of interest to both boys and girls.
  • Each classroom should have its own classroom library with interesting books for both boys and girls.