The reading is fun practice books allow children to practice reading skills using their senses. Visual skills (seeing similarities and differences in letters and words) and Auditory skills (hearing similarities and differences in sounds and words) are incorporated in graded exercises and are enjoyed by the children as they use different coloured crayons. The books include whole word reading (sight words), phonemic awareness skills (individual sounds in words), vocabulary skills and comprehension skills.
The books do not need to be used in the sequence but can be introduced according to the child’s level.
Lynne Marshall is a remedial therapist and started her own practice affiliated to a school eight years ago. She has a keen interest in early learning development as she started her career as a pre-primary teacher. Lynne also runs reading is fun classes in George for pre-school and Grade 1 learners to assist in reading development. Likewise, she assists Grade 3 classes at Mzoxolo Primary School and provides supporting information for teacher workshops.
Lynne started the reading is fun concept when she wanted to teach her own son to read before he entered formal schooling. She wanted to create a sense of adventure and fun in reading by using games and manipulating letters and words. While helping him and other children to move from developing readers to fluent readers, she became aware of the desire in children to practice reading skills in an enjoyable way.
Reading is Fun started in 2010. I decided to consolidate the forces of Remedial Therapy and Speech Therapy by working with Robyn Reid (Speech Therapist). We both wanted to teach our sons (John and Stuart) to read before they went to school. We started at my home with a few interested friends. We had a lot of fun playing games with letters and sounds. The garden was used to hide letters and the lawn was used to follow an obstacle course to get to the letters. We also used the verandah to play hopscotch with chalk letters.
It was so successful that when our children and some of their friends went to Grade 1 they all wanted to return and continue learning about letters and sounds through discovery and play. We continued with a Grade R class as the interest increased. The practice books were created when the children wanted to practice letters and sounds at home.
Reading is Fun has grown to the point where I am now associated with a school and are taking two classes of ten in each class. I have received a lot of feedback from parents who have completed the Grade R workshop and they say that their children are more confidence when entering Grade 1 as they have experienced hearing individual letters and sounds as well as recognizing and naming sounds.