READING DISCOVERY CLUB
An early literacy support programme for beginning readers and writers
Reading Discovery Club aims to give a boost to children needing extra support with their literacy skills and help them get underway with reading and writing. Taught by an experienced teacher or teacher aide, the daily 30-minute lessons focus on the teaching and consolidating of the basic early literacy skills. The lessons are high interest and pacy to have the students motivated, on task and with no time-wasting. Activities include singing, learning phonics and the high frequency words, and reading and writing stories every day. The emphasis is on fun, talking, and enjoying learning together.
Reading Discovery Club (RDC) is based on the successful Early Literacy Support programme Yolanda devised in the early 2000s when she was an early literacy advisor in London.
Then taught in over 60 schools, the programme aimed to get beginning readers underway in literacy with daily 30-minute literacy intensive group lessons. 20 years later, Yolanda was offered the opportunity to run the same programme at her school in New Zealand. She jumped at the chance, renaming the programme Reading Discovery Club to make it more child friendly.
Reading Discovery Club is ideal for students who are not yet on track with reading and writing and who would benefit from the boost of a small group intensive programme where basic literacy skills and knowledge are taught and reinforced.