“All Children Are Born To Read!”
“Every Child Reading Fluently
by the end of Year Two (8 years of age).”
BORN2READ® is a sequential digital suite of readers, developed to teach children to read.
In teaching children to read over a period of thirty years, Katrina Casey (MEd, BEd, Dip T) has developed an evidence-based approach to the teaching of reading by considering what works for children and young people.
Through the BORN2READ® Experience, children learn to read through reading and through explicit teaching. Reading is taught in context! When children and teachers engage with the BORN2READ® Readers, they:
• COMPREHEND and make connections with their world and the world of others
• build a bank of high frequency words
• build phonemic awareness
• develop a knowledge of phonics,
• become fluent readers, and, most importantly
enjoy the experience and build confidence to continue their reading journey
BORN2READ is presented as an engaging alternative to commercial products currently available in the market place. The BORN2READ Experience, provides children with rich, authentic meaningful contexts which are essential in Early Years.
BORN2READ is very serious about the teaching and learning of reading. BORN2READ includes high frequency words – it is not possible to write any literature without the inclusion of these. The list that BORN2READ includes, is a combination of the Fry and Dolch list – lists created from many years of scientific research, as well as words that BORN2READ sees as significant to young children’s reading. BORN2READ has been organised around 300 carefully selected high frequency words. They have been ordered in a way that also encourages young children to write, as the early readers introduce early sentence stems. For example:
• My name is…
• This is my..
• I can see a …
• We went to..
• At school we…
The high frequency words are not the entirety of the BORN2READ Experience. Rather, they were used as a tool to provide structure to ensure that explicit and ordered teaching of reading, could occur. The words listed inside the cover of each reader are not the only high frequency words that are contained in that text, but are the focus words for that text. As such, you will discover other high frequency words within all the readers in the BORN2READ Collections.
BORN2READ is proud to present a reading collection that includes rich vocabulary. It is not the intention that children can read such words in isolation (for example definitely, serious, behaviour), rather they use the context of their reading to decode such words. When children make meaning from texts and can relate to and explore the concepts of the texts, they are truly engaging in the process of reading. Reading is about comprehension and engagement.
BORN2READ is an explicit teaching tool to get young children reading. It provides a structure for teachers new to teaching reading or new to the year level. It is recommended that BORN2READ is implemented for approximately 60 minutes per day in the classroom. It provides the cornerstone of the teaching of reading in the younger years.
From this base, teachers introduce the works of other authors, in other genres to ensure children are getting the full range of literary experiences. This is also essential and highly recommended. The works of Mem Fox, Nick Bland, Craig Smith, Maurice Sendak, and Mo Willems, just to name a few, are a must for young children!
BORN2READ also has a strong background in curriculum and is aligned to the current Australian Curriculum.
Through our affiliated business, KC Curriculum, there is a very direct, and deliberate correlation to the current curriculum documents. Our curriculum programs have been submitted to government bodies including QSA and currently ACARA. Curriculum programs written have included Practical Outcomes, Everything English, Everything English in Australian Schools. All such documents were approved by the governing bodies, and were taken up by over 500 Queensland schools.
Schools wishing to implement BORN2READ in their classrooms can do so through a yearly subscription. Professional development is also readily available for teachers and/or curriculum coordinators. For more information, please see our Professional Development tab.