How we use MiniLit to help young students learn to read

What is MiniLit?

MiniLit stands for “Meeting Initial Needs in Literacy” and is designed to help support young children to read successfully. The program targets Year 1 students who are having difficulty learning to read. By teaching reading, listening and spelling at a slower pace, MiniLit offers more intense instruction than the typical classroom.

Similar to MultiLit, a program for older students, MiniLit was created based on the research at MacQuarie University. It can be carried out in a small group or individually. This research found that there are 5 key areas that support reading development: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Who is it for?

The MultiLit is designed for low-progress readers of all ages. However, it can also support those who are at risk of developing reading difficulties.

How does the MultiLit program work?

It contains 80 lessons, carried out by a trained professional. Each lesson targets a particular skill, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words and reading text. MiniLit ensures the student, or students, have learnt the current skill before moving on to the next one. A session of MiniLit is based on the following structure:

Level 1: Reading texts from the MiniLit manual with familiar words and word patterns.

Level 2: Reading selected books, using pause, prompt and praise.

Level 3: Storybook reading: introducing comprehension questions and using new vocabulary.

How often is the training?

Ideally the MiniLit program is conducted over 20 weeks (2 school terms), with 4 lessons per week.

Where can I get more information?

MultiLit’s Official YouTube Channel

MiniLit’s Official Website

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