Beginning Reading

A unique teaching sequence helps your Year 1 or 2 child with word attack, story reading, comprehension exercises, spelling and independent work to ensure success.

Corrective Reading

Our Corrective Reading tuition is suitable for children who have been at school for two or three years or more without learning to read well.

Whatever the children's difficulties and whatever their reading level, the program is wide enough to offer specific help to meet their needs.

Option 1 - Decoding

If children have trouble identifying words, do not understand how the arrangement of letters in a word relates to its pronunciation, or simply read too slow, the children can work on the Decoding Program.

Option 2 - Comprehension

If children do not follow instructions well, lack vocabulary and background knowledge, need to understand what they read, or have poor thinking skills, the children can work on the Comprehension Program.

Reading Tuition in Hamilton

Beginning Reading for the Young Learner

This Beginning Level course (155 Lessons) is suitable for children in Years 1 to 3 who have not learned to read. It is carefully sequenced to prevent symptoms of dyslexia.

Fun, appealing stories spark children's interest and give them a context for using their reading skills.

The five main reading skills are:

  • 1. Phonemic awareness, especially:

    (a) blending: hear a word spoken slowly a part at a time then blend the parts back together to say the whole word. (Also known as say it fast.)

    (b) segmenting: hear a word then break it into parts by saying a sound at a time. (Also known as part at a time.)

  • 2. Alphabetic principle, especially:

    (a) Knowing which sounds go with which letters.

    (b) Using knowledge of which sounds go with which letters to sound out written words.

  • 3. Fluency: reading words and connected text quickly and accurately.

  • 4. Vocabulary: knowing the meanings of words.

  • 5. Comprehension: making sense of text.

If you are interested in the computer version of this course for use by a parent and child at home, you may go to the Funnix NZ site to request more information.

Corrective Reading - Decoding

  • Decoding A (65 Lessons): For non-readers or those at primary school in Years 4-8 who read so slowly they cannot understand what they read.

    Children learn sound-spelling relationships that allow them to read basic sentences and simple stories made up mostly of regularly spelled words. Children will be able to read quickly enough to understand what they read.

  • Decoding B1 and B2 (65 Lessons Each): For children with some reading ability but who read too slowly and who confuse words.

    Children learn new words and word types, more sound-spelling patterns and difficult words. They read stories of increasing length. After completing Levels B1 and B2, children show great improvement in both reading speed and accuracy.

  • Decoding C (125 Lessons): For fair readers who have trouble with multisyllabic words and typical textbook material.

    Children learn more that 500 new vocabulary words and read a variety of passages, from narrative to expository, with fairly sophisticated vocabulary. This level (C) introduces sentence types and constructions that are typical of textbook material.

Corrective Reading - Comprehension

  • Comprehension A (60 Lessons): For poor comprehenders in Years 4-8.

    Children learn basic reasoning and logic skills. They learn to complete simple analogies, identify synonyms, recite poems, and follow simple instructions. They practice organising groups of related facts.

  • Comprehension B1 (60 Lessons) and B2 (65 Lessons): For children who have problems with conclusions, contradictions and following written directions.

    Children learn the many separate skills needed to read content area textbooks, to learn new information, and to respond to written questions that involve deductions. Children become able to read for information in academic subjects and learn new facts and vocabulary.

  • Comprehension C (140 Lessons): For Year 7 and 8 children who cannot comprehend sophisticated text, do not learn well from material they read, or have trouble thinking critically.

    By the end of Comprehension C, children can evaluate advertisements and editorials, and recognise contradictory infomation in newspaper and magazine articles. They have learned to use and evaluate sources of information.

A typical lesson consists of a small amount of new material and practice exercises that require students to apply much of the previously taught content.

Tuition Details

Before starting, your child will take one of the Placement Tests. Results will show which Level your child is ready for.

Some children may be accelerated through the program, skipping some lessons or parts of lessons.

Your child can work with the teacher in a one-to-one learning situation, or within a small group.

Drop your child off before school for a great start to the day. Have your child come here again after school and pick him or her up after work. Our address is 18 Thornton Place in Melville, Hamilton.

Douglas will be happy to talk to you if you live in Hamilton, New Zealand, and desire more information. Simply make a phonecall to:

07 843-9802

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