Home Reading, and This ‘n That

Today marks day one of our Home Reading Program, although you’ve been reading the poetry books for some time now. Your child picked out a take-home book that is just right for his/her current reading level, meaning he/she should be able to read it to you with minimal support. The poetry books are different in that they consist of poems we have been reading as a group and are at different reading levels. Between the two, your child should spend at least 20 min. reading per night.

Nestle in with your child and observe his/her habits, and what strategies he/she is using to figure out unknown words. Is he/she using their finger for one-to-one correspondence? If not, it is easy for him/her to lose their place or not read each word carefully. Are they reading fluently or word by word? Please refer to the sheet I gave out during conferences for tips to try while reading with your child.  If the books seem a bit too easy OR too challenging, be sure to let me know and we can adjust.

Please be sure to help your child keep track of the books and to treat them with care! It’s a good idea to keep them in the poetry book where they can easily be found, and to not allow your child to eat or drink while reading. We want our books to be in great shape so they can be enjoyed all year!

Here are some helpful hints to make your reading time together fun, relaxing, and productive:

  • Pick a comfortable spot to read in – one with plenty of light.
  • Make it a routine – whether it’s right before the breakfast, or right before bed, set aside a special time every day.
  • Give lots of encouragement! Your child is developing an arsenal of strategies for figuring out unknown words, such as picture clues, context clues, covering up part of an unknown word and slowly stretching out the sounds. Skipping the word, then re-reading the sentence helps your child figure out a word that would make sense.
  • The fun continues after the last page! When you finish a story, ask your child about his/her favorite passages, characters, and illustrations. Ask him/her to retell the story from beginning to middle to end.

When a home reading book is returned, your child will be able to choose a new one to bring home the next day! Thanks for your support!

For our field trip on Wednesday, please send your child in boots and a rain jacket. The forecast calls for more rain so it will be plenty wet and muddy. Please also send an extra pair of shoes he/she can change into once we get back to school. And don’t forget to pack a snack and lunch! Parent helpers, please be here by 8:00 since we are loading up to leave right at 8:15.

On Friday our class is scheduled to run from 11:45-12:05. Come on down to run with us and/or cheer us on! I hope those pledges are pouring in!

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