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Reading Modes

     “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
     The more you learn, the more places you will go.”
     - Dr Seuss
     Reading is undoubtedly the basis of all of the skills that children learn in school. To see the delight in the eyes of
     a 5 year old who sounds out the words on a milk carton for the first time, or the absorption of a 7 year old who
     can lose herself in a ‘chapter book’ is truly wonderful. And all of us, parents, teachers, and employers owe a debt
     to those early years’ classroom practitioners who transmit this skill to their charges.
     From the very beginning, Ziptales has seen its mission as to encourage the skills of reading, but also the love
     of reading. Once children engage with reading, they have an exciting passport to the world outside.
     The Ziptales ‘library’ seeks to support the development of a balanced reading program, from Pre-school through
     to Years 6 or 7. This involves several things: reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading and independent
     reading. Or, put succinctly, “reading to children, reading with children, and reading by children”.
     While Ziptales is rich in reading material across all year levels (over 300 stories), there is much more. The
     Curriculum Alignment module maps content areas to the Australian and New Zealand Curricula, and the
     Specialised English Lessons, provide teachers with mini lessons designed to fit with grade level appropriate
     reading content and strategies. For example the voiceovers in Easy Readers, Storytime and Timeless Tales can
     be used to model fluent reading and correct phrasing during Shared Reading. These stories, when shown on an
     Interactive Whiteboard, become ‘big books’ and can be discussed, without the voiceover, showing various text
     processing strategies: prediction, monitoring reading, decoding, echo and choral reading. Choral reading can be
     further enjoyed using Nursery Rhymes from the Pre School section and the simpler poems from Rhyme Time.
     A Shared Reading session with tablets can also make much use of the artwork illustrating all stories,
     inviting children to discuss facial expressions, the effect of animations and use of colours to enhance meaning.
     It also allows for the introduction of texts that children could not necessarily decode, offering the chance for
     language and thinking enrichment. This is particularly important for children with special needs who can be
     extended with the use of ‘challenging texts’ providing pleasure and enjoyment without stress.

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