CAT s (Cross Aged Tutors)
C A T s work in our Literacy Program to help and support Reception to Year 2 students with their reading.
The benefits of this program are:
- Increased confidence and improvement in reading in the students who work with a CAT.
- Older and younger students developing positive and caring relationships.
- Younger students developing a network of older students which
leads to confidence when playing in the yard together.
Increased self confidence in the older student who struggles with literacy themselves.
- Both older and younger students developing a greater awareness of the importance of reading.
- Older students needing to identify what a successful reader does. they use this information to support their younger buddy.
Middle and Upper Primary classes are trained to be a C A T. These classes are matched to a Junior Primary class.
Training is provided at the beginning of the year by the Literacy facilitator and includes:
- Expectations of a CAT
- A little about how children learn to read
- Going through and modelling the process to be used
Follow up sessions are provided as needed for students to talk about successes and problems and ways to improve their tutoring.
C A T s usually work with their buddy for 15 minutes 3-4 times per week.
The process involves:
- A few moments talking to their buddy
- Discussing with their buddy the book that they have chosen to read and looking through it together. Discussing the pictures and the vocabulary and making a predication or using another reading comprehension strategy.
- Listening to their buddy read.
- Asking questions about the book.
- Repeating the process if time allows.
- The C A T s have a folder to record the books read together and document their buddy's thinking.