"No student is too anything to be able to read and write” David Yodder 2000.
Currumbin Community Special School is committed to implementing a balanced and multi-level approach to literacy instruction based on latest research and a leading ambassador for literacy.
Our school wide strategies are supported by our literacy ambassador Jane Farrall. Her consultation process and continual support has assisted our school to develop core strategies for both emergent and conventional literacy instruction.
Comprehensive literacy instruction addresses emergent and conventional literacy skills. Emergent literacy instruction focuses on students who are developing the skills and understanding that they will eventually use to read and write. Conventional reading and writing instruction is for students who know the letters of the alphabet, understand that print carries meaning, and are interested and engaged when we read with them (Erickson & Koppenhaver, 2020). Comprehensive literacy instruction follows the mantra of ‘A Balanced Literacy Diet’.
Balanced literacy for our emergent students involves key strategies including: letters, sounds and phonological awareness, self-selected reading, writing and shared reading.
Balanced literacy for our conventional students involves key strategies including: working with words, self-selected reading, shared reading, independent writing and reading comprehension.
Balanced Literacy at Currumbin Community Special School is an integral part of our curriculum delivery.