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Here are your Reading Resources for the Week of September 13th, 2021.
Today we are sharing an article from Today’s Parent discussing how the author is approaching reading with her Kindergarten students this school year.
“Every September, my class of kindergarten kids look at me in excitement. They don’t know it, but this is the year they’ll start learning to read: learning the letter sounds, sounding out words and eventually reading sentences. Some sail through and become masters before the year is over. Others take longer, but I know they’re on their way when I send them to grade one. But some kids just don’t seem to be able to grasp some of the basic skills.
I also need to improve my phonics program. In explicit phonics instruction, teachers directly teach the relationships between individual sounds and the letters that represent them. Although my students were certainly learning phonics, we were moving too slowly (at a rate of one letter/sound combo per week). And I wasn’t reviewing and connecting that phonics instruction enough to other literacy activities through the day (like writing), and nor was I providing the right material for the kids to practice the skills they were learning.
What does this mean for my classroom?
My discovery means that some of the tools I’ve used in the past to teach kids to read need to be tossed away—and I have to bring in some new approaches. Encouraging kids to guess at unknown words rather than sounding them out. The three cues are context, or trying to figure it out by thinking about what might make sense based on the meaning; syntax, or what sounds right in the sentence; and visual information, the length/shape of the word, first letter and accompanying illustrations
I am rethinking the resources I’m using in the classroom to teach reading. With predictable books—“I see a purple balloon, I see a yellow balloon”—which I’ve been using for years, readers can look at the picture or follow the pattern to figure out words. Rather than predictable books, the best structured literacy programs use decodable word lists and books to reinforce letter/sound relationships and high-frequency irregular words which have already been taught.”
If you’re one of the of the many people looking for new resources to use in the classroom to teach children to learn to read, we are here to help.
Think of it this way; if a child memorizes 10 sight words (i.e., words recognized by sight, not sound or other factors), they can read 10 words. That’s it.
But if they instead learn the sounds of 10 letters, they can read 350 three-sound words, 4,320 four-sound words, and a whopping 21,650 five-sound words!
The Reading Teacher digital platform, designed using the decodable phonics teaching method, contains 100 interactive, animated stories to suit 25 levels.
In each story, your child will discover/review new phonemes, high-frequency words, and new words. These will be repeated 5 times or more throughout the same book, and then 5 more times in the subsequent 10 stories.
Your child can choose to “listen” or “read” to allow for different exposures of the same phonemes/words. The decodable word is always highlighted too. This indicates a clickable that allows your child/student to hear the word while reading it, which helps them along in their reading journey.
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