During October we facilitated a Shared Reading Workshop with Grade 2 and 3 educators from 6 schools we have been working alongside since the start of this year.
After a time of explaining what shared reading is and the different stages in how to facilitate shared reading the teachers were given time and space to plan how to use a shared reading book over a period of two weeks. The educators were given a structure to support them in doing this.
The educators responded so well – planning, discussing, thinking about appropriate questions to ask, considering what skills the children need to develop. We were really impressed with the effort and level of discussion that took place.
Educators were also asked to consider the benefits of shared reading. They suggested:
- Improves vocabulary
- Improves pronunciation
- Higher ability will enjoy
- Slower learners won’t feel under pressure
- Encourage teamwork
- Supports development of verbal skills
- Helps develop a love for reading
- Promotes interaction
- Focus on developing reading skills
- Enables punctuation, phonics to be taught
All the schools were provided with big books and big book stands for the Grade 2 and 3 classes, dependant on the number of classes. We are looking forward to seeing the children’s reading and comprehension skills improve as the teachers incorporate shared reading into their classroom practice.