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This is a scheme that has been designed for students who have not been successful with reading. Failure to learn to read more often than not, results in a
lack of self esteem, sense of self worth, and a lack of motivation to want to learn in general. This has an impact on the whole learning experience for any
student, as we rely heavily on our ability to read, write and comprehend information that is presented in the classroom.
Motivation is a major key to success, and this scheme provides a very structured approach to ensure that reading becomes fun, meaningful and successful,
thus increasing motivation and nurturing a love of reading.
The story appeals to all age groups, and there is no particular ‘reading age’ associated in terms of where to start or a reading age when successfully
completed. The story is appealing because it provides a sequential story, with each reading book leaving a ‘cliff hanger’ question of “What do you think will
happen next?” This motivates the student to want to read and find out what happens. The characters are fun; however many discussion topics arise,
covering from health and safety issues, to friendships and how to treat one another, to survival techniques and life skills.
There are plenty of opportunities for further learning, general knowledge and practice of specific skills.
What a non reader sees: -
A non reader cannot make sense of the black squiggles and white spaces that we know as letters and words.
Below is an example of the frustration that a student may experience when they are unable to decipher and make sense of what is written.
As proficient readers our brains try to make sense of these unfamiliar letter formations, and we can feel as frustrated as a non reader must feel, unless of
course you can read Russian.
When you attach a picture cue to a set of squiggles and black lines, then they start to make sense. The pictures attached to these words are:-
sun fast bag
Most of the words in the first six books have a picture cue, even words like ‘it’, ‘this’, ‘what’, ‘where’, and many others that would not necessarily be linked to
pictures, have something that students learn to associate with.