How does phonics fit in with ‘ReadingOURway’?
The ‘ReadingOURway’ program focuses on the ‘whole word’ approach to reading, meaning that it does not break words up phonetically in order to learn how to read them.
However, this does not mean that phonics cannot be used with ‘ReadingOURway’. The teaching of phonics is actually encouraged to be used in conjunction with the program. While students who are visual learners learn best via the whole word method teachers and parents should always teach literacy through a variety of strategies. for example, students could learn new words through ‘ReadingOURway’ then learn them phonetically to extend their literacy skills.
Can ‘ReadingOURway’ be used in conjunction with other literacy programs?
Yes it can. Other literacy programs such as; ‘words their way’ and ‘writing their way’ would complement ‘ReadingOURway’. ‘Words their way’ focus’ on spelling and phonetics of words, where ‘writing their way’ looks at the development of students written words and sentences. Therefore ‘ReadingOURway’ is a more holistic approach to literacy learning than these other two, but these other two would provide extension and complement nicely.
How would ‘ReadingOURway’ run in a mainstream classroom setting?
‘ReadingOURway’ could function in a number of ways within a classroom, the aim of the program is to be a part of students daily literacy learning, this could be done through; literacy rotations, reading groups and classroom literacy lessons just to name a few.
‘ReadingOURway’ could be completed through daily word uses, learning activities, one on one reading and learning sessions and small group activities, the possibilities are endless.
Does ‘ReadingOURway’ support the Australian Curriculum?
Yes it does. ACARA states that through English, individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.
ReadingOURway supports the reader to engage with language and word structures, letters and familiar words that are prevalent in the world around them. The program gives students the opportunity to begin their learning successfully by visually engaging with words and putting them into context through scaffolded activities that can be used in conjunction with phonics and other literacy techniques.