Reading to Understand


Our new inquiry into reading sees our focus shift from establishing the habits of readers to knowing that readers read to understand. As adults this may seem obvious, however as we learn and grow as readers it is important that we are shown explicitly how important understanding is to reading.   This inquiry will see readers explore their understanding of what they are reading, how to share that understanding with others, and what to do when we are having problems understanding what we are reading.

Readers will be explain their thinking about what they are reading orally and visibly. They will be asked to support their thinking with evidence. And they will be immersed in a range of strategies that can allow them to think deeply about a text.

It is exciting to think about how this inquiry can really be the foundation stones of how readers read for life. This is big and important work!

Reading – The Home/School Connection

A big thank you to those of you that have been able to support this first week of home/school reading.  Most readers have been able to take a book home, read with you or for you, and bring their books back to school everyday.

Just a reminder that books do not go home on a Friday.

We appreciate you taking the time to listen to our young readers and talk with them about their reading.

Thanks also to those of you that have been able to send headphones to school.  As we start using apps like Tumble books in class, having your own headphones becomes very important.

Reading – the Home and School Connection

Hello all,

Starting Monday 11th our readers will be bringing home books from the classroom Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.  These books will be accompanied by a bookmark.

The green one will say please listen to me read, the orange one will say please read with me, and the red one will say please read to me.  Books will either be selected by the students or by the teacher that has listened to them read.  We appreciate you taking the opportunity to find some time in your busy days to encourage and nurture the love of reading.

On the bookmark are some handy tips to help you when you are listening to, reading with or reading to.  And if the reading too is better done in your home language, we would love that!

If I student does not return a book to school the following day, we will not select a new book until that book has been returned.  We appreciate your support with this!

Ms. B and Mr. Miguel

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Our Reading Community


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

Reading Stamina

Accountable Talk

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!

Reading Stamina

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.

Accountable Talk

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!