Reading is crucial to children’s development and potential for success in life. Research shows that children who read books often at age 10 and continue to read through adolescence, gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.
Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well. Pupils who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career. Those who cannot will find themselves at constant disadvantage.
Jane Considine’s system, Hooked on Books, transforms the teaching of reading in the primary education phase and provides structures for success.
Key aspects of the Hooked On Books system include:
- Book Talk – a whole class comprehension and a targeted group approach, ensuring all individuals are accountable
- The Reading Rainbow – a fully comprehensive approach that targets reading competencies, covers the National Curriculum and develops understanding
- Demonstration Reading – the art of modelling the internal thinking of a reader. This is to demonstrate how a reader thinks during the process of ‘reading for meaning’
- Demonstration Comprehension – clear, out loud thinking by the teacher whilst modelling answers to questions and showcasing ‘thesaurus thinking’ to ensure the most precise words are used