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By JUDITH LACY
They are more
interested in different
books, too, and they are
reading everything out
loud, they are not afraid to
make a mistake.
Precious time: Lanette Nahu and son Eric Nahu, 8, reading together at Roslyn Library.
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
For most adults, reading at home is
about escapism and enjoyment.
But for kids and their parents it
can be stress central as the
youngsters struggle to master new
Self-described stressy'' parent
Carly Pedersen used to worry about
her sons' reading so when Terrace
End School principal Sue Allomes
told her about the Reading Together
programme she was keen.
The programme helps parents
support their children reading at
When sons Harlem, 8, and Jesse
Rees-Thompson, 6, could not figure
out a word, Miss Pedersen would
get stressed, then the boys would
Since doing the free programme,
she has learnt not
to stress so much.
as a girl her mother
correcting her when
she got a word
wrong, a technique
which she found
does not blame her
mother, but now
there is a better way, she said.
From the programme she has
learnt if the child is comprehending
what they are reading, parents
should not worry about every single
Reading has become more fun as
Harlem and Jesse are more relaxed
They are more interested in dif-
ferent books, too, and they are read-
ing everything out loud, they are not
afraid to make a mistake.''
Lanette Nahu has found the
programme informative with its
focus on simple changes to help
support her son's reading at home.
I've had a blast and I think most
of the parents have, too.''
Previously she would stop her son
Eric when he got a word wrong -- a
technique she found stressful.
They would end up snapping at
From the Reading Together pro-
gramme Lanette learnt to pull back
as a parent and discovered that it is
better to let kids get on with it.
Reading at home with your chil-
dren is more about doing it than
getting it all right, she said.
With less stress Eric will often go
back to a word and self-correct.
Or she and Eric will use the dic-
tionary after they have finished the
Now Eric, 8, is picking up books
by himself and is reading above his
age level, Ms Nahu said.
It's huge strides in eight weeks.''
As she is talking to The Tribune,
Eric is coming over to show her dif-
Terrace End principal Sue
Allomes said Reading Together is
about building the home-school
partnership and making sure
parents enjoy reading with their
gramme was devel-
oped by The Bid-
Mrs Allomes and
teacher Lisa Inglis
ran the programme
with support from
City Library staff
Ross Meads and Louise Stormont.
The programme started on May 2
and finished last week.
Parents are taught simple
strategies to help children recognise
Strategies include looking at the
pictures or seeing whether the chil-
dren know the first sound of the
Teachers are there to cover the
more technical aspects of learning to
Parents were given the book
Brock, which has a special alphabet
invented to help adults gain some
understanding of what children
experience as they are learning to
Mr Meads said he is passionate
about the programme as it works
The home environment is where
the rewards of what teachers are
teaching are reaped.
Terrace End School uses the
Daily Five programme to support
children's reading in the class-
The daily five are choices chil-
dren make about learning to
reading to self
reading to someone else
word work -- words the child
needs to work on to go to the next
stage of reading
author's notebook -- free writing
listening to reading -- a teacher,
family member or personality
shares their favourite book.
Principal Sue Allomes said the
children are taught that practice
makes them better at reading. If
you want to be an All Black you
need to practise daily and to build
stamina -- with reading you need
to practise too.
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