A reading program should rely on well founded, tried and true principles of learning that provide the basis for classroom practices. (Boomer, 1983)
It will ensure that students have daily experiences that develop them as the most effective readers, but will also connect to other aspects of literacy and other learning areas.
Habits and routines that are developed and fostered within what we call a ‘Reading Workshop’, give all students the chance to transfer the explicit teachings that are the focus of each lesson to their own independent reading. This is the ultimate goal of a successful reading program.
A school reading program should make use of the most innovative research and practice that has proven to be effective in a classroom. A school should not rely on purchased programs because they are not likely to meet Australian and state requirements and cater for the specific needs of a school’s student population.
- Boomer, G. (1983) ‘In Search of a Universal Literacy Program’, Every Child Can Read and Write, ARA