Teaching Reading to the Beginner Reader

Stages 1&2 ONLiNE Course

The Group Routine Must Be Simple to Be Effective

Use a clear routine that brings success and smiles to the faces of your beginner readers.

Are you looking for a simple, well-researched routine for teaching your beginner readers? This guided reading training course will teach you just that.

Based on over 500 hours of classroom trials and consultations with teachers, the course teaches a user-friendly routine that empowers teachers to create confident, fluent readers. The magic is in its simplicity.

Whether you're a beginning teacher searching for a clear 'how to teach reading' approach, or an experienced teacher wanting a more manageable reading program, this course guides you through the essential reading strategies, loading, questioning, and predictive practices that are required for a successful beginner reader's guided reading lesson.

Discover how to meet the reading needs of your students and get them moving towards decoding fluency. 

"Very inspiring, makes so much sense and will change the way I do guided reading."

Literacy Symposium Feedback

This Course Gives You...

Clear, Concise Step-by-Step Learning

Each of our 8 units is a nice self-contained piece of learning. We explain the new learning, provide video models of what it looks like, guide you through some practices and send you off with teacher scripts to have a go with your class.

This is powerful professional learning for you. The content and the delivery has been trialled to ensure success for the busy classroom teacher and avoid overwhelm.

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At-Your-Own-Pace Flexibility

Twelve months access to the course means you can plan to hit it hard in a short space of time or adopt a more measured approach and take your time mastering each step.

WEBINARS and WORKSHOPS - For those that want to get immersed quickly, then our workshops and webinars will sling shot you through the first 4 units of the online course.

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Everything You Need is Included

  • Teaching Scripts support your delivery of the routine. 
  • Templates for planning and data collection are all provided.  
  • Downloadable Course Book an at-your-fingertips reference for the classroom. 
  • A Routine designed to work with any levelled reading texts.
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Expert Video Samples of the Teaching

You can easily imagine yourself teaching as we show you what to do with real classroom footage. Subtitles and important notes make it very easy for you to process and adopt our structured routine.

We are continually being told that these video models are incredibly helpful and easy to refer to.

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A Learning Pathway for your Students

We give you specific guidelines for what you should teach and what comes next using any of the levelled book systems. Quickly identify where each of your students fit and where they should go next using our school-wide Developmental Progression and Scope and Sequence. 

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"This has revolutionised my lessons. The kids are calm, settled and focussed. They love the routine because they know exactly what is going to happen on each page."

Stephanie, Year 1 teacher.

Become Super Confident Teaching Beginner Readers

We want you to feel confident about your guided reading lessons and we know that our course 'Teaching Reading to Beginner Readers'  can quickly make this happen for you.

Your confidence will come from having a simple, highly repetitive routine called 'The 5 Bits'. This means that for every page of text that your readers encounter, there are 5 things that happen; 5 opportunities to practice 5 important parts of the reading process, 5 opportunities to feel in control and experience SUCCESS ... which breeds confidence, excitement and engagement for your students and you!

Remember that if you experience any difficulties we are just an email or a phone call away.

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – all year round.


GST will be added to NZ purchases.



Each unit requires 45 minutes of reading and processing time.



Each unit requires some classroom practice. Allow for 1 unit per week. 

8 weeks


Video examples showing you how to teach and improve the reading routine.



12 months access. Plenty of time to review your new learning.

12 months


Working online means you can
start the course at any time.


Access to students for practice is desirable.
Some computer skills and Internet access needed.

What People Say About our Teaching to Beginner Readers

It is one thing to get the results. It's another to hear the conviction in the voice of a teacher.

Guided Reading for Beginner Readers

"Now they are really keen and enthusiastic, to get into it."  and come back the next day "and see what is going to happen at the end."

- Emma - Christchurch

Course Writers - Your Tutors

Hilton Ayrey

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We are very passionate about teaching reading and we are always looking for ways to make it easier and more enjoyable. It has to work for students AND the teacher.

'Teaching Reading for the Beginner Reader' is our attempt to create an efficient routine for those daily 10-12 minute guided reading lessons. It has been formulated after hundreds of hours observing trainees and experienced teachers implementing guided reading lessons in the first three years of schooling.

Brian Parker

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Although the course is stand-alone training we are always available to discuss issues you may have during your 12 months access to the Stages 1&2 ONLiNE Course. For face-to-face introductions to the training you can register for our webinars and workshops and also negotiate in-school support.


Unit 2 - Learn how to use our reading group routine
Unit 4 - Learn how to fix student errors as they are reading
Unit 5 - Learn how to simplify your questions so students can answer them easily
Unit 6 - Learn how to chose the right reading strategy for each lesson
Unit 7 - Learn what is really important that you do when students predict and the importance of having students read a second time.
Unit 8 - Learn what you need to do to become fluent in the delivery of our reading routine
At the end of our course we will send you a completion certificate


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