“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
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The beginning of the school year is an exciting time! Students enter their classrooms with a heightened sense of curiosity and wonder. First impressions go a long way for young learners, and it is important for them to experience a comfortable and engaging invitation into their literacy-rich environment. Brightly decorated bulletin boards, shiny desks and tables, and beautifully organized books await your students. The start of each new school year provides opportunities for you and your students to create a community of learners who respect, listen to, share, and respond to the thoughts and ideas of others. This is especially important when considering your community of readers.
Readers of all ages are drawn to fiction, and it may very well be the genre students are most likely to choose as they search through a library or bookstore. Fiction stories are typically the stories your students will be most familiar with. These are the stories they remember hearing when they were younger—the stories told and retold from generation to generation, from one culture to another. Each story takes you on a journey, an adventure, and an experience with memorable characters and events. The world is full of stories, and through stories we learn about ourselves and others.
Nonfiction is a rich, engaging genre offering a variety of topics that will entice any reader! Students will spend a great deal of time in school (and their lives outside of school) reading nonfiction, from newspaper articles to textbooks, from recipes to biographies, from travel brochures to informational web sites. Reading nonfiction is empowering. So often students feel like “experts” on the topics or subjects they have read about. Nonfiction reading sparks students’ curiosity and opens their eyes to new worlds and different points of view. Nonfiction has so much to offer readers and is an essential genre to study.
Science Units: Life Cycles of Animals, Energy on the Move: Light and Sound
As knowledge explodes in the digital age, learning the “content” of science and social studies becomes both more challenging and also more critical. Our goal is to teach students how to build enduring understandings about content area topics through reading a variety of texts, discussing them from multiple stances, and writing from various sources. We teach students not to memorize disconnected facts but to sort through information, think about it, and analyze their own and others’ perspectives—in other words, to deeply comprehend and synthesize the key information.
The Fry word list contains the 1,000 most used words in writing and reading. As “sight words,” or words that students recognize instantly, they help students build on reading fluency.
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Helpful Hints on How to Help Your Child Become a Successful Reader
READ lots of books everyday with your child. Fitting this into your daily routine will help foster literacy and create a love of reading. Children love to hear their favorite stories over and over again. Your child will have the opportunity to bring home their reading anthology and trade books as well as borrow books from our school library. Don't forget that the public library is also a great resource.
Take a "picture walk" with your child before you read with them. Have your child use the pictures to talk his/her way through the book, and see if he/she can gather some of the meaning before you actually read it.
When Reading to Your Child:
Make sure that your child can see the pictures easily.
Use plenty of expression, reading in a natural speaking voice.
Encourage your child to predict what might happen next as the story develops.
As you read, point to each word, sliding your finger along the text. This teaches your child how print works, from top to bottom, and left to right.
When Reading with Your Child:
Begin reading the story to your child at a speed your child is comfortable with. As you read, your child will begin to pick up on the pattern and read with you.
Encourage your child to point to each word, sliding a finger from word to word.
When Your Child Comes to a Difficult Word:
Have them look at the picture and ask what word would make sense.
Have them look at the beginning letter of the word and ask what word would make sense that begins with that sound?
Ask them to try to reread the whole sentence again and see if you can think of a word that makes sense.
When Your Child is Reading:
Your child may need you to introduce the story by reading aloud initially. Once your child feels comfortable reading alone, enjoy listening to them read.
Try to hold back on correcting every mistake when they are reading. It is important that they feel they are succeeding.
Questions to Ask After Reading:
Can you retell the story in your own words?
Were there any surprises that you found in the story?
What did you like best about the character?
What did you like about the ending?
Did the story remind you of any things that have happened to you?
"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."
To choose an appropriate book level for your child, remember the “Five Finger Rule”. Hold up one finger for every word they struggle with. If you get to five fingers, the book might be too difficult. No fingers? Maybe the book is too easy. Try to find a happy medium…a book that challenges them just enough without frustrating them.
"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."