How the books work...

P.A.I.R. draws on, and has included, the three main reading styles parents most naturally use when reading aloud to their children (i.e. describer, comprehender & performance orientated). Along with this, it incorporates opportunities to practise Literal, Inferential and Critical Thinking questions. P.A.I.R. has also added the power of de-contextualisation (non-immediate talk) plus guidance in the development of vocabulary skills.

P.A.I.R. books achieve this by providing parents with scaffolding (in the form of questions, tips and prompts) embedded in each page. When these support strategies are applied during a Read-Aloud session, parents develop new skills that can be used to improve their child’s reading.

P.A.I.R.’s support strategies help parents to create a structured and engaging ‘conversation’ around the book. This is a major breakthrough in early literacy education and empowers parents in their role as the ‘first teacher’.

Each P.A.I.R. book includes scaffolding for ‘Whole-book Awareness’. This device appears on the title page and the final page and supports the ‘Performance Orientated’ parent reading style.

A regular P.A.I.R. book double page spread contains a number a very important devices:

  • In the top left-hand corner, parents will find questions and prompts to support the ‘Describer’ style parent reader. This corner contains literal questions that will quickly engage the child in the story.
  • In the top right-hand corner, parents will find questions and prompts to support the ‘Comprehender’ style parent reader. This is where the inference and critical thinking questions and prompts appear. These help the child to engage more deeply in the story.
  • The box at the lower left of the double page spread prompts the parent to engage the child in ‘non-immediate talk’. This is called de-contextualisation and helps the child to make links to their own world and experiences. This is a vey powerful tool for understanding and comprehension. This section also contains special tips for the parent regarding voice and tone along with specific points that may need emphasis.
  • The box at the lower right of the double page spread provides opportunities for the parent and child to explore and develop the vocabulary that appears in text and image.

All of the devices described above play a unique role in the development of early reading skills. Each book tells a wholesome story that supports an important social skill or value. Finally, this powerful reading tool is wrapped in colourful images that use engaging, friendly characters.

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