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Connections are Everywhere
Asking and answering questions are not just important for reading; these skills are also good for learning how to think critically. You can use the same before, during, and after reading skills mentioned above with movies, television shows, and video games. Read the synopsis of a movie or television show and ask your child to predict what is going to happen. Watch the entire television show or play the video game. After watching the program, apply the same skills for reading in your discussion of the movie, television show, or video game.
Preparing Your Child for 1st Grade
Preventing the Summer Slide
Read, Read, Read.
Reading is so important in helping students become fluent and proficient readers. Reading also allows students to develop background knowledge in various subject areas, and it enhances their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Here are a few tips for reading with your child:
Reading aloud to your child is important in helping them hear proficient and fluent reading. Provide a balance of fiction and non-fiction text.
Before reading, look at the pictures and have your child predict what will happen.
During the first reading, read the entire text without stopping so your child can focus on the details in the story or passage.
After reading, ask your child to retell information from the text with key details. Retell the story or passage together if your child is having difficulty with the key details.
Reread the text together on several different days and discuss what was noticed about the characters, setting, and problem in the story. Help your child identify words on the page that may have led to their conclusion about what they noticed in the text. This is also a great time to focus on learning a new vocabulary word in the text. You can raise the rigor level by asking your child how two characters are the same or different. Children can also compare the experiences of the characters in the story. Make these comparisons together if your child is having difficulty with these rigorous activities.
Connect this reading experience to writing and have students draw and write a similar story or an opinion about the text. Continue to think of creative ways to incorporate reading and writing activities. Help children assess their writing for capitalization, spelling, punctuation, finger spaces, neatness, and clarity.
The Summer Slide
The phrase summer slide may conjure up images of water sprinklers, fun in the sun, and endless servings of cool, refreshing drinks; however, the reality of this phrase paints a more dismal picture than what we might imagine. The summer slide is a phrase used to describe the phenomenon of the loss of academic achievement that children experience during the summer when they are not engaged in learning activities (Maughan, 2016). Some students may even lose up to two months of academic skills (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2013). This phenomenon makes continued learning difficult for students as they begin the next school year because teachers have to reteach these skills in order to progress with new skills. However, there are several things you can do to help your child maintain their academic gains over the summer. Please see the following resources for more ideas—Ms. Stanley’s blog: http://www.cobblearning.net/pitnermediacenter/ and CCSD Summer Link http://academics.cobbk12.org/index.php/ad/tl/apl/personalized-learning/summerlink/
Literacy Specialist, Pitner Elementary School
Independent Reading Time
The library is an excellent resource over the summer. The local library often has summer reading programs where students can choose a book that is just right for them.
Independent reading time allows your child to gain independence in reading fluency and comprehension as he or she practices the skills you worked on together when you were reading aloud.
Strive for 20 minutes of independent reading time daily.
Have students read both fiction and non-fiction texts.
You can monitor their fluency and comprehension during independent reading by doing two things: 1) have your child read one or two pages aloud before reading independently and 2) you and your child should ask questions about what was read during independent reading and engage in a discussion of the text.
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