Part 3: Reading (blending)

Reading schemes

Initially it is important to give children books to read from reading schemes that use mostly regular words. The scheme(s) should have a controlled vocabulary, which starts off with a few words, repeats these words in the following book and adds a few more. Vocabulary should gradually increase with each book, in a systematic way. Ideally some irregular keywords are used, to allow for more interesting texts.

The children can be introduced to the characters in the scheme(s) and the irregular keywords, before the books are read.

Books that are not in the reading scheme(s) should also be available for children to choose, once there is fluency in the reading at that level. The variety of interesting stories, and their ability to read the words easily, encourages them to read for pleasure.