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You taught him to talk.
He listened to you. You listened to him in turn.
Then you shared conversations.
We can apply this to reading.
First, read to your child.


Children and Parents Enjoying Reading: This is a scheme which promotes reading. In a world where our pupils and their teachers race to become technologically literate the value and comfort of curling up with a good book is still promoted by the teacher. Since its inception, the CAPER programme has gone from strength to strength and has succeeded in

  • Raising considerably the reading standards of all of our pupils as evidenced in standardised test results.

  • Increasing performance levels in the associated skills of writing, spelling , comprehension etc.

  • Involving parents enthusiastically in the teaching process

  • Developing a great love of books especially among all children

The three basic components of the scheme are

  • A large supply of suitably graded reading material

  • Willingness of parents to spend a maximum of 10-15 minutes listening to their child reading each evening

  • Willingness of facilitators to devote some time each day to record progress and provide the child with the replacement book.

This is a very worthwhile scheme and we hope to continue it on a 1 term per year basis among junior infants to 3rd class children.

Literacy Lift-Off

In our efforts to promote literacy, develop oral language and to cultivate a love of reading across the school we have introduced a literacy lift-off initiative for the infant children in our school. This will run throughout the month of May and will be co-ordinated by Mr Boyle and Ms Bergin. The children will be taought in a station teaching environment. Each station will be led by a child in 6 th class. The children will experience many different ways of reading and being read to. The following are some of the methods being employed to make this as enjoyable and beneficial as possible
Shared reading\paired reading and team reading
Word Games
Using audio books
Familiar reading
Phonics games and e-books from Ipods

There may be other teaching methodologies used as is seen fit. This will run on a twice weekly basis, Tuesdays and Thrusdays’ and on the last day of the month (day of senior school tour) we would ask for you to come in and observe the children’s progress with you taking over as the station leader for a half an hour. This is voluntary but if you had a half an hour to spare on that morning to come to read to the children It would be appreciated by all involved. If you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to ask either Mr Boyle or Ms Bergin.

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