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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is a program for Kindergarten students and their families to improve literacy and numeracy in the first year of school.

The aim is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to use a home-book reading program to assist students to become actively involved in the reading process.

The focus is to:

  • foster family interactions with books and literacy games
  • teach interactive story reading strategies
  • increase student self-esteem
  • encourage student interest in books
  • develop positive partnerships between home and school
  • encourage community participation in literacy

Children and their families are invited to attend an information session on the program. Information sessions are run by Jarara staff and occur during Terms 2 and 3 of the school year.

By the completion of the program, students will have a comprehensive kit to keep. The kit includes:

  • an alphabet book
  • ten books
  • twenty literacy
  • numeracy games
  • an iPod containing reading by Aboriginal community member
  • a blanket

Each fortnight, a book and two games are delivered in a flexible and unique learning space to the parent/caregiver or to the students at school by a Jarara team member.

The Bridging the Gap Booklet

Pause Prompt and Praise Program

The program has been developed to equip parents with the necessary skills to improve their child’s reading at home. Pause, Prompt and Praise is a reading program, taught to parents and students with the aim of improving student reading skills.

Jarara provide training workshops for parents including a dvd that explains each step in further detail. The program encourages students to monitor the meaning of words and to self- correct.

Pause, Prompt and Praise is aimed at students in Years 3 to 6 and requires four twenty-minute sessions per week. The program can be implemented anytime in a suitable environment that students are encouraged to read aloud.

The Jarara library has a wide range of age and levelled appropriate books available for families to borrow.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a short term, twenty-week program that offers students who experience difficulty in reading and writing some one-on-one assistance. A qualified Reading Recovery Teacher works with students for half an hour each school day in addition to their classroom teacher to improve reading and writing learning outcomes.

The objective of the program is to improve student reading to grade level expectations, focussing on specific techniques such as reading familiar and new texts as well as writing and breaking words apart.

75% of students who have participated in Reading Recovery program have met grade level expectations in reading and writing. The majority of students maintain these improved results into later years.

Literacy Pathways

The program provides opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in year 1-6 to become familiar with a variety of texts. The program builds self-esteem and confidence and develops a passion for reading at school and in the home.  

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