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A New Zealand Reading Scheme

A structured and fun way to teach reading

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Click here for Teacher Guidelines

Click here for information on Workbooks

Click here for information on Flash Cards

Click here for what’s in the Starter Packs

Click here for Parent’s page

Click on each book cover to read

about the stories

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The SPEC Reading Scheme is  a New Zealand scheme.

It has been designed to use with students who are struggling to learn to read.

 This ‘fun’ approach has a highly structured framework, in which students

learn 100 common sight words in the first set of six books. Word learning

has picture association and along with word games and a workbook, students

learn sets of words before receiving the story books.

The first story book Spike, contains just 20 sight words.

The story books come in an A5 format and contain 32 pages.

There is a workbook for each of the story books too, so students read the

learned words in simple sentences and respond to an instruction, introducing

simple comprehension exercises.  

In the first six books the vocabulary is carefully chosen to include

instructional words, common everyday words, and words that are needed

to construct a story.

The highly structured activities and control of vocabulary ensures that

students develop the self confidence and motivation needed for students

who have experienced ‘failure’ probably several times over, and are now

reluctant to try again.

Finally the pictures on the word cards and the illustrations in both the

workbooks and reading books are original,

current, exciting and focused on New Zealand with a story line that amuses

young children and adults alike, so the materials are not related to any

specific age group or indeed reading age.