So I have many things to post about. One of which is my new curriculum for the year, a special giveaway, and of course an awesome memory master type for those of you that are trying. But before I get into that I wanted to touch back on something that I know is important to us all... READING!
If you remember in a previous post, I spoke about how there are three "main levels" to your child's reading ability. The first one is called "Independent", the second is called, "Instructional," and the third is called, "Frustrational". You can read more about each one if you feel the need to refresh at this link.
I then spoke about how I would give you clear steps to take your child from an "frustrational" level to an "independent" level. This strategy and the future ones can be used while reading any leveled text with any curriculum. The one I use is called "All About Reading"- but regardless as long as the text is something that you have been teaching off, this strategy is very helpful.
This strategy is called "Shared Reading", I also throw in a little picture walk which help with comprehension.
In a classroom, the teacher usually has a copy of the text and does not point on the student's book, but since I only have one copy of the reader, I point above as he points out below. The purpose of shared reading is to allow the child to hear the text before he is expected to read it on their own. It builds familiarity and comprehension each time you read it aloud. It also helps them track the words to sounds as you are teaching them to match an audible word to a print word.
This reader is especially important as it is phonetic based. Most leveled books (even those found in libraries) are often whole language based. Thus bringing in words that are heavily learned through memorization and not sounds, i.e. sight words. However this program teaches them words they are learning in their lessons and transfers them directly into a story. I will post more about this curriculum soon.
Here is a quick demonstration of a picture walk. You might have to turn your volume up to hear him, but you can hear me relaying the questions.
Here is the video of Tony and I doing shared reading.
This is the second step after a picture walk to get him familiar with the text and ready to read.
Ok, that's all for now. I hope this is a quick strategy you can implement in teaching your kids to read. Remember this can be used with any leveled reader. :)
So have fun and go do a little shared reading today!