"I have used Intensive Reading since 1999. Reading resources abound but I have always come back to the same set of IRP resources when I strike students who are struggling.
What I love most about IRP :
1.The fact that the words are phonemically grouped, and then there is the option to find a similar sound family in a higher IRP level for more capable students.
2. The vocabulary exercises mean kids aren't just reading like robots, they learn word meanings in context of well-written sentences
3. The competitive element - striving to beat their own PB times for reading columns and whole page, and then striving to be fastest in the group or class
4. The games - word meanings dominoes is so well crafted - take the time to print them onto coloured card and laminate and they will last for many years. Memory cards also.
I use Intensive Reading class-wide, utilizing both the Primary and the Secondary levels. I can' wait for the resource to become available as PDF so I can print directly from a computer as my photocopy budget is limited. This term I am trialling using the activities in a wipe-off plastic sleeve so I can reuse them.
I have previously owned all of the IRP novels and the accompanying workbooks but they were souvenired by a colleague many years ago - miss them terribly. They are quite entertaining for Primary and Lower Secondary students to read and the workbooks are very comprehensive.
Well done Heather Harvey on an excellent 'timeless' literacy resource. You have no idea how helpful it has been to me during 18 years of teaching." JH - Teacher QLD
"My 13 year old daughter has been in every conceivable reading program since 2nd class and none of them has helped. When she started Year 8 this year she had given up. I saw your books in a school recently but thought they looked too hard. We decided to try the B program anyway and I just cannot believe how much she has improved in such a short time (neither can she!). She's so keen, it's amazing! Thanks for a great program and especially for reviving her self esteem" (M. B. Mortdale)
"This is the first year I've used the your program and the kids love it! The parents of the kids in my reading classes think I'm fantastic!" (J. S. Nowra)
"Thank you for a program that works." (Sister M. N. T.)
"Your programs were highly recommended at a Reading Conference in Darwin. How soon can we get them?" (P.G. Casuarina, N. T.)
"I work as a parent helper in a program at our school. My 10 year old son is in the program and despite the best efforts of his teacher he has continued to fail in reading. The school started to use your program this year and the breakthrough for my son has been wonderful. His progress has been beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you for putting the spark back in my son's eyes." (Maria W. Dandenong)
"I work in a Behaviour Unit with some very difficult teenage boys. We've had outstanding results with your programs. The boys are motivated by the competitive aspect of the lessons, especially when they time each other and the design of the program gives the boys immediate feedback. The programs have been a godsend." (K.T. Pymble)
"Your programs were repeatedly named by both primary and high schools as the best programs for successfully dealing with reading problems."
LB. (researcher, WA) DETYA
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