Your child will also be receiving a Reading A-Z paper book. Some stories are fiction and others are informational/nonfiction. The books will be sent home in a plastic bag labeled with your child's name. Your child should read this book MORE THAN ONCE in order to increase fluency. This book is at his/her reading level. A book will be given to students on Monday. The students should return the book on Wednesday.

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD TO SELECT "JUST RIGHT" BOOKS?

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A very informal way to determine if a book is "just right" is to do the "Five Finger Rule."
Simply choose a book.
Then begin reading a page in the middle of the book.
Hold up a finger for each word you are not sure of.
If you have five fingers held up, the book is to difficult and you need to say, "good bye" to the book.

Another way to find books that are appropriate is to use your child's MAP READING LEXILE SCORE.
Go to:  http://lexile.com/fab/
Go to Step 1 and enter your child's Lexile Range (from the MAP test report).
Then select your child's INTEREST CATEGORIES (such as mysteries, movies, animals, art, etc.)
Finally, click SUBMIT.  A lengthy book list will show up on the screen.  You can preview the book,
add it to a Reading List, or look for the titles on the Roselle library website.
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WHY CAN'T I SKIP THE 20 MINUTES OF READING TONIGHT?

Let's figure it out - -mathematically!

Student A reading 20 minutes, five nights of each week.

Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1:     Multiply minutes per night x 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times per week = 100 min./week

Student B reads 4 min. x 5 times per week = 20 min./week

Step 2:     Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.

Student A reads 400 minutes per month.

Student B reads 80 minutes per month.

Step 3:     Multiply minutes per month x 9 months/school year.

Student A reads 3,600 minutes in a school year.

Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year

Student A preactices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.   Student B gets an equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade, if student A and student B maintain these same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days and student B will have read only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:

Which student would you expect to read better? know more? write better? have a better vocabulary? be more successful in school...and in life?