Manukau Courier : June 28th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, June 28, 2012 Normally $900 $499 plus GST Professionally produced video connected in print & online Locally Full video production -- scripting, filming, editing Acopyonyourwebsite AcopyonDVD AcopyonYouTube Contact your Manukau Courier representative for a demo: Phone 09 272 7017 www.manukaucourier.co.nz TODAY E-EDITION ONLINE Konnichiwa Cool cat Win passes RIP Jack Mangere school kids are off to Japan -- P3 The Burmese Cat Club has been resurrected -- P5 On the cobbles with Joe Citizen. Go to manukaucourier.co.nz and click on Latest Blogs for more Louis Pearl and his thrilling bubble show come to Auckland next month. We have family passes to give away. Go to manukaucourier. co.nz and click on Latest Edition to find the competition details in our e-edition. Reading together: Raewyn Hannah and her children, from left: Jesse and Joseph, both 6, and Alysha, 10, are enjoying their family's newfound literacy. Photo: DUBBY HENRY Results taken as read By DUBBY HENRY THE PROGRAMME RAEWYN Hannah gets teary as she recounts the story of her daughter reading a book to her dying grand- mother. It's a touching picture but it's doubly moving for the Manurewa mum because 10-year-old Alysha is dyslexic and has struggled to read all her life. The immense'' improvement in Alysha's reading is the byproduct of a pilot programme at Manurewa Central School which she and her younger brothers attend. As parents you want to help your children and we struggled imm- ensely -- we didn't know what to do, where to go,'' Mrs Hannah says. The parents were concerned their twin boys would also have reading problems and signed up for the Read- ing Together course the school was trialling. The result? A family with better relationships, more confident par- ents and kids that love to read. Books have become a part of our home -- they're sitting on the coun- ter, they're everywhere now,'' Mrs Hannah. And homework is no longer a chore''. She laughs as she recounts the day she turned Joseph and Jesse loose in the library. Joseph marched over and picked up Charles Darwin's The Ori- gin of the Species. The 5-year-old couldn't read it but the diagrams must have grabbed his attention, she says. She also clearly recalls the first time Alysha picked up James and the Giant Peach and haltingly began to read aloud. I was like Oh my goodness she's reading by herself . . . to have those moments when you just feel like you're so proud of your children is really awesome,'' she says. Manurewa Central principal Lau- rie Thew has been on a national road show outlining the programme to other schools. He says it's the closest thing to a silver bullet we've ever seen''. More than 200 schools have seen the 12-minute promo video, which features Manurewa Central School parents including Mrs Hannah and husband Dwaynn talking about the Reading Together programme. Mrs Hannah talks on film about her own fear of being an inadequate teacher to her children. I love reading . . . I wouldn't say I'm by any means ill-educated or anything but I wouldn't feel confi- dent in teaching or learning and I'm a shocking speller.'' The programme took away those fears and gave guidelines on what was and wasn't the parent's job in the learning process. The school becomes the teacher and I can just help create that passion for learning.'' Reading Together was developed by researcher Jeanne Biddulph in 1982 but is only just being rolled out nationally after the Education Ministry accepted the evidence of improved reading rates in pilot schools such as Manurewa Central. It will be implemented in most decile 1 to 3 schools as well as 27 high-decile schools with a large number of Maori students. The programme consists of four one-hour workshops over seven weeks. Workshops are held at a time suitable for both parents. They cover how to help with reading at home, finding the right reading level for each child, getting the most out of the library and overcoming specific problems. Associate Education Minister Dr Pita Sharples credits the programme's whanau focus for its success. ''There are other programmes out there but the thing about this one is that the families are involved.''
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