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At Yolanda Soryl Literacy, we believe in giving every child an opportunity to learn and experience the joy of reading. The training and resources we provide include the fundamental components of The Science of Reading: phonemic awareness, oral language, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. All as part of an integrated approach to learning literacy in a structured literacy programme.

We acknowledge that children learn to read in varying ways, requiring their teachers to draw on a broad tool kit of methods to teach them.

Since 2002, Yolanda Soryl and her team have empowered over 25,000 educators with the knowledge, tools and confidence to provide children with the phonics, word recognition and early literacy skills they need.

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“So much success with my students running your programmes."

“Yolanda is the real deal. You can tell she is still a practicing teacher."

“The guided readers really motivated my students.”

“Most worthwhile seminar I have done in all my teaching years.”

“A game changer for my students.”

"Best and easiest NZ phonics programme."

"Teaching children to read and write opens doors for them. It did for me."

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Yolanda Soryl Literacy3 weeks ago
It is pretty shocking to see the axing of Reading Recovery after 50+ years.

Despite the disinformation spread about Reading Recovery, the facts show it is a very well-researched, gold-standard, and internationally renowned intervention. Anyone who thinks Reading Recovery is teaching children to ‘guess’ does not understand the complexity of the teaching of reading, does not understand what Reading Recovery is, and/or is very misinformed. Reading is rocket science. The sciences of reading show there is no one-size-fits all reading programme. This is why the individualised programme that Reading Recovery offers to our most vulnerable learners is so valuable.

Reading Recovery has changed a lot in the last 4 years and now includes the explicit teaching of phonics, the use of decodable readers, and small group teaching in Early Literacy Support. My Reading Recovery training is what has made me and many others, the teachers we are today. This is where I learned to teach explicitly. It is the best teacher training on offer, and just losing that training alone, is a great loss not only for our students but also for our profession.

The vast majority of Reading Recovery critics have never seen a Reading Recovery lesson, don’t really know what it is, and don’t understand what we are losing. I have invited Minister Stanford and other politicians to come to my school and watch a lesson with me so they can see what it is they are getting rid of and to see Reading Recovery in action. It does not have to be Reading Recovery or Structured Literacy. In my kura and many others, it is both.
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