Home reading has been under way for the past week and I thought I would take sometime to clarify some parts of the program. As mentioned before depending on your child’s reading level will depend on what is being sent home. Below I have explained some of these components in more detail.
CVC Word list: These lists will often correspond with the spelling pattern of the week (this week it is an & ad). The list are meant to provide additional exposure to the spelling pattern, decoding and reading practice. Some students have asked to be timed to see if they can beat their time after they have practiced. Being timed is completely optional and for me, the time is not important. What I am concerned about is that the student is able to read the list fluently without halting.
Stories/Short passages: You will notice that they will bring home the same story for a couple of nights, this is so these stories can be read and reread until the student becomes fluent. It is really important that students practice fluent reading.
Word Sort: This is the same word sort that the student work with all week in class and is what drives the spelling test at the end of the week. I have sent this home as another activity to help with spelling word practice and reading.
Sight Word booklets: These will start coming home next week and will be used to practice sight words. I will be sending home a letter attached to the booklets that will explain how to use them.
Students should be spending about 20 minutes a night on home reading activities. This is not to say that this is the only thing your child should be reading, as your child is encouraged to read other books, magazines, novels, and comics. Additionally, I do not send home the home reading during the weekend.
In the upcoming weeks, students will be given spelling lists that will reflect their level of spelling. Typically I could have three different lists class wide. Starting this week, I will be giving two bonus words at the end of the test that will use the same spelling pattern reviewed during the week. These bonus words will not be words they have worked with and it will allow me to see if they can apply the knowledge of the spelling pattern to unfamiliar words.
HOME READING – One of our main goals this year is to become better readers and a home reading program plays a big part in helping us accomplishing our goal. In the agenda each night students will record the minutes read and parents will need to initial. This information will be recorded on the parent comment and signature part of the agenda. The books that will be sent home will be stories that your child has already read in class. As research shows, the best way to become a better reader is through repeated oral reading. This will be a time where your child can show off what they have been practicing in class. In our class we have students at various stages of reading, therefore depending on what stage of reading they are at, will determine what is being sent home to read. The students could have alphabet flash cards, word lists, books and stories. This is not to say that this is the only thing your child should be reading, as your child is encouraged to read other books, magazines, novels, and comics. Students are to read a minimum of 20 minutes out loud to an adult or older sibling. The agenda will be reviewed at the beginning of the next week and your child will Dojo points for the amount read (two points for every week your child reads 5 or more nights). It is important that home reading is returned with the agenda everyday.
Also every month I will send home the Scholastic’s Book Club Flyer. The book club could be opportunity to encourage reading by giving your child an opportunity to choose their own books.
Our Library day has been scheduled for Thursday. Please ensure that your child brings their library books back to school on that day, in order for them to sign out others. Additionally, this year I am requiring that at least one of their books is at their level (can read most of the words and understand what they are reading).