A New Zealand Reading Scheme
A structured and fun way to teach reading
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about the stories
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.