BUSTER’S PATCH – a new reading opportunity for Read Easy readers who have finished YWCR
Nigel Wright, a Reading Coach in North Devon, has recently created a website called Buster’s Patch, with a series of amusing stories about his cat, Buster. Although Nigel started writing the stories for his great niece and nephew, it wasn’t long before he realised that they could be an interesting and fun extra resource for Read Easy readers and their coaches, especially those who may shortly be working in the libraries on ‘Moving Ahead’, our new second stage of support. Nigel explains more below:
“The Buster stories have come out of real events that actually happened to my cat and I have simply put human thoughts to these. Remember Johnny Morris and his ‘Animal Magic’ TV shows?
They are only about 500 – 600 words long and are tested to be for a reading age of about 11 – 12, ideal for those completing ‘Yes We Can Read’. There is also a voiceover reading the stories on each webpage to help with the intonation and inflections linked to the punctuation.
The stories are fun. They have the most awful catastrophic puns that make the most hard-bitten (sorry) smile! They are tails tales describing Buster’s personality as the keeper of his ‘Patch’, with his reactions to things and people that happen to have the nerve of being anywhere nearby.
There is an opportunity on each story page to write an email to Buster – and being such a well-educated individual he may well reply. This would benefit the new Reader in helping them to gain confidence in using such a global communication system as email. Buster also has his own Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In the future, Buster will be adding a blog to the foot of each story page for a more immediate reply from Readers. The blog will be arranged so it forms a comprehension exercise of how Buster can get out of the pickle he finds himself in. This should help the level of understanding of what is read.”
We do hope that some of our readers and their coaches will give the Buster stories a try and will give Nigel any feedback they may have.
They can be found at: www.busterspatch.com .