During this exciting first reading unit our young reading adventurers will continue to nurture their love of reading.
We will talk a lot about the following ideas:
Just Right Books
Readers learn to read by reading! Sounds simple, right! Yet, in this early part of the year we are encouraging readers to know the joy of reading for meaning – which we know can only happen if we understand what we are reading. So readers are encouraged to select texts they can read AND understand. Readers are encouraged to recognize the difference between things they can read independently, things they need to read with someone and things that need to be read to them.
You can help at home – read! Read the paper, a magazine, an email, a recipe. Read in your home language. Have a family reading time, where for 10 minutes everyone is reading! Show your readers you value reading too. Read together, read aloud or take a quiet moment to read independently. And all this can happen in your home language!
When we are getting better at something we need to practice. It might be riding a bike, painting, or reading. So in this unit we are building our reading muscles. This involves reading for longer periods of time without interruption.
You can help at home – is there a quiet place where we can read? In bed, on the floor, curled up in a cushion. Somewhere where we can be with books and get lost inside them.
As we create a love of reading our brains become full of things we want to talk about when we read. We also need to know that there is an expectation that we are reading to understand, so we should be able to talk, write and think about what we have read. We can do this in a journal, with a buddy, in a small group or with the class.
You can help at home – talk about what you are reading, what you read together or what your child read independently. What did they love? What did they find tricky? What surprised them? What questions do they now have?
Thank you so much for all you do to support our work in the classroom! We can’t wait to show you our growth as readers this year!