Simple, quick to administer ‘tests’ to ascertain the child’s starting point.
A separate sheet allows for exact marking and enables progress to be clearly monitored.
Sound Cards BRI 1, BRI 2, BRI 3
Introduce new letter/sound correspondences to beginner readers by means of Sound Cards. Use the cards only until the child is using the protocol: Say the sounds and read the word. After the protocol is established cue new correspondences as the child reads the text, saying: “The sound here is / /.
Word Cards BRI 1
Use Word Cards with BRI 1 only as long as is necessary to establish the protocol: Say the sounds and read the word. Word flashcards are apt to set in train processes of memorization, & aid the avoidance of decoding. BRI avoids this danger by setting up the default approach: Say the sounds and read the word and by presenting visually similar words that make ‘saying the sounds’ easier than focusing on word-as-a-whole reading or on damaging multi-strategy approaches adopted by leading catch-up programmes.