Focus on Reading
This week in Reading:
Daddy Played Music for the Cows (in class), When Jean Comes Home (opening story in reader), Gram and Me (main story in reader), Groundhog Day!
Guided Reading in book bag. Library books are AR books.
Reading is a "group effort"
The teacher, parent(s), and child must be involved to make reading happen. Here is what you can do to reinforce and continue reading skills at home...
Read "Just Right Books"
FIVE FINGER RULE
Another important consideration - some first graders have learned to read many words. They even may be reading "chapter books". However they might not be understanding what's been read. Ask your child lots of questions about the story in general and about specific pages to see if he really understands what was read. It also is important to monitor your child's choices for appropriate content.
Guess and Go
Guess and Check
Sound It Out
See our Phonics/Spelling link for more information.
Chunk it up
Word in a word
Other Reading Suggestions:
1. Never stop reading to your child. It's the number 1 mistake of parents. Children need to hear the adult fluency.
2. Have a child who is having a hard time learning to read? Try this have your child read one page and you read the next. Such a child reading the even pages and parent reads the odd pages. This reduces the amount of reading for your child (and fustration level) and allows your child to hear the fluency from you.
3. Still having a hard time working with your own child. Let someone else do it - grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, friend. Children love to read with other children.
1. Point to the words with their eyes.