"The single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success, is reading aloud to children."
-1998 Commission on Reading
Did You Know?
Children who are read to daily for 37 minutes or more outside of school score in the 90th percentile on achievemnet test! Children who are read to 11 minutes daily score in the 50th percentile and children who are read to only 1 minute daily score in the 10th percentile. Where will your child score?
What Does Reading Means to Your Child?
At this age, children are learning that words can be represeted through writing, pictures and the spoken language (orally). Children are increasing their vocabulary and knowledge, which in turn makes it easier for them to decode unfamiliar words in their reading. As the year progresses, children will learn new skills to help them decode unfamiliar words in their reading.
How Does Your Child Learn To Read?
To your child, reading is made easier by looking at the picture to help them predict what the words may be. That, in combination with automatically knowing words seen frequently (sight words), listening to the sound the first letter makes and having prior knowledge and vocabulary, helps your child in the early stages of reading.
How Can I Help Them If They Get Stuck?
There are several strategies we use in class to solve unknown words. I also use different Beanie Babies to help the children remember each strategy. Check out the strategies by clicking the link to the left.