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Reading is red hot at Labrador

1/06/2015
Reading is big-ticket item for our improvement agenda. Reading is red hot at Labrador.  Ask your child what is their learning goal in reading. This will be a specific reading skill that their teacher has set for your son or daughter. This will change every few weeks. It could be a decoding skill like Eagle Eye, Chunky Monkey, Lips the Fish, Leap the Frog, Stretchy Snake or Flippy Dolphin. It maybe a comprehension skill like activating prior knowledge, building vocabulary knowledge in a topic, self-monitoring, scanning, skimming making connections, predicting, visualizing, questioning, inferring, summarizing or synthesizing.  Wow! That is a lot to take in.  Children are constantly prompted by the teacher if they make a mistake when they read by questions like, Does that sound right, Does that look right or Does that make sense. Children are also taught about QAR. QAR (Question, Answer, Response) is a way of teaching children about the types of questions that they will come across in reading. Questions can be easy. We call these ‘Right There’ Questions. The answer can be easily found in the text. The next type of question is a little bit harder. These are ‘Think and Search’ questions. You have to think a bit here and find the bits of information throughout the reading that answer the question.  A harder question is called Author and Me. The author gives us some information but the reader must use prior knowledge or make connections with the concept to answer the question. The hardest questions are what teachers call ‘On My Own’. The answer is not in the text. You must use your background knowledge to answer the question.  Reading is a complex skill with many parts to it. I encourage your child to:
 
PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
 
Teachers monitor and check students reading by using a standardised benchmark assessment system called Fountas and Pinnell. Regularly teachers check the level your child is reading by doing a running record. From this running record the teacher can then see where your child is having difficulty and pin point specifically what your child needs to practice. By the end of Semester 1 your child should be reading at:
 
Prep:    Level B
Year 1: Level F
Year 2: Level J
Year 3: Level M
Year 4: Level P
Year 5: Level S
Year 6: Level V
 
Your child needs lots and lots and lots and lots of practice with best-fit books to develop into a good reader. If your child is behind, talk to your child’s teacher about support actions. Home reading is a must. If your child is not reading for homework you are doing them a disservice. Ensure you keep to the script of positive praise. Any negativity responses can break your child’s heart, particularly if he or she is having trouble grasping the concept of reading. To learn more about how to help your child please ensure you come along to the Ready Reader Session on Wednesday 3rd June at 9:00am in HQ.