Creating a Culture of Reading
Shine Literacy’s programmes are aligned to the Department of Basic Education’s Sector Action Plan for 2024, an evidence-based, inspiring directive. Focussing on every child in Grade 1, 2 and 3 our primary objective is to address systemic challenges at home and at school while ensuring children have daily access to reading resources and a positive reading champion.
Shine has worked at delivering well-resourced reading support at homes providing caregivers and children with invaluable tools to help reduce the literacy gap between high and low achieving learners and develop a culture of reading at home.
As a result of the global pandemic which has resulted in so many children being far behind the expected literacy levels we have changed our strategy and are focussing on every child in Grade 1,2 and 3 and our primary objective is to address systemic challenges at home and in the classroom room which prevent children from learning to read and write at grade level.
Creating a Culture of Reading at School
More than ever schools need to be a place where the daily reading of books and writing activities are a priority. Systems, policies, activities and daily behaviour must all point towards a strong reading culture. The emphasis is that these activities need to be school-based and school-led.
Each Foundation Phase class will have a trained youth Reading Champion that will ensure that every child has individualised reading each day and takes home a reader too.
An audit of resources and activities that support literacy will be taken in Foundation Phase classrooms and teachers will be invited to belong to a Community of Practise. The objective will be for teachers and literacy specialists to share ideas, share expertise and encourage and inspire one another.
Creating a Culture of Reading at Home
Our focus is to ensure that every child in the Foundation Phase receives a quarterly literacy resource with the objective of having their own reading and writing treasures. This will be enhanced by messaging for parents/caregivers where we are driving a ‘read with your child’ campaign using Paired and Shared Reading methodology. Using WhatsApp we send our weekly messages to the teachers who push them forward and in this way, we communicate with the parents/caregivers of these children.
The SHINE Home Resource packs include books, stationery, children’s magazines and parental support materials and flyers.