Reading Recovery

  • Welcome from Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Fain!

         We are Belleview's Reading Recovery teachers. Reading Recovery is a highly effective, one-on-one intervention for first graders who are struggling in the area of literacy. Students are tested and selected within the first few weeks of the school year. Each Reading Recovery student receive daily 30 minute lessons for 12-20 weeks with one of our specially trained Reading Recovery teachers. Lessons are carefully designed to help students acquire the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible. As soon as students can meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate they can continue to work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued, and new students are selected. Not all schools have Reading Recovery in their buildings, but Belleview is fortunate to have such a powerful resource available for our students!  In addition to serving Reading Recovery students, we work with students and teachers of all grades to provide support.  We are always working to build confidence and success in our students and provide any assistance for our parents and teachers as well. Feel free to contact us if you feel we can be of any help to you. They say, "it takes a village to raise a child," and we believe in this philosophy. We look forward to working with you and your children! 

  • Tips for Helping Readers (of all ages) at Home

    Solving Tricky Words

    When the reader does not try to work on a tricky word, or asks you to read the word:

    Say “You Try It”

    •  Be sure to give a bit of a wait time (about 10 seconds) before and after, telling them to try it. Children should be expected to work on a tricky word each and every time, on their own.
    • They may realize when you don’t jump right in to help, that they need to do something, and you may not have to tell them to “try it.”

    When the reader is working on the word, but not getting much closer to solving the tricky word:

    Say “What would make sense here?”

    • This is the first prompt listed because making sense of print is what reading is all about.

    Say “Take a quick look and reread”

    • Encouraging the child to reread the sentence, after taking a quick look at the word, can sometimes help solve words by hearing what word might come next.

    Say “Look for something that might help you.”

    • This encourages the child to look for and use sounds or parts they know, to solve a word they don’t know.

    If the child has still not tried to work on a tricky word (after being told to “Try It”), or if the child has worked on it, has reread, and is still stuck:

    • You may want to go back to this word after finishing the story, and talking about the story. Expect the child to try it and give them a chance to do so. If they are still stuck and not moving on, simply tell them the word to help the reader move on and keep the meaning of the story.


    When the child makes a guess, but does not move on,

    or appeals to you (asks if it is right):

    Say “Check it.”

    Say “Were you right?”

    Say “Does it make sense, sound right, and look like that?”

    • These prompts makes the reader responsible for deciding if his/her attempt is correct or not. This is key in developing reading independence.

     To Make the Reading Sound Good

    When the child is reading slowly, word by word:

    “Did it sound good?”

    “Put these words all together so it sounds like talking.”

     If you have any questions about the above reading prompts, or are interested in observing a Reading Recovery lesson, please ask your child’s teacher, call (803) 981-1181 and ask for Meghan Carter or Melanie Fain.