What is the Schoolwide Title I Reading Program?
This federally funded program provides additional guided practice for reading skills and strategies that are being taught in the classroom.
Want to Make Reading Easier for Your Child (and you!)?
Start the year off right with setting a scheduled reading time for your child.
Find a time that works best for your family...after dinner, before TV time, or maybe before bed. Set the expectation that this is your child’s special reading time.
Curb complaining by sticking to the set reading time. Your child will adjust quickly and easily if the reading time becomes a daily routine.
Read with your child, have your child read independently, or a little bit of both!
Kids love to tell stories about themselves—learning to ride a bike, a special vacation, getting her first pet, catching his first fish! Practice writing skills by having your child draw a picture or choose a favorite photo of a recent activity. Your child can then write about the activity—putting events in order and writing about how the event made them feel. Make sure to include names of all the people involved.These memory pages could be glued onto construction paper and given as gifts to loved ones—especially if the memory involves them! Take the idea of memory pages even farther if you have several pictures, and have your child make a memory book!
Why This Is Helpful
Part of learning to write well is learning to plan what we write and learning to write sentences about specific topics. This activity helps children plan and write clear descriptions of pictures before creating stories about their lives. In addition, when children read and write about their own lives they improve their understanding of their families and the places where they live and visit. It can also help get them excited to read and write because the topic is important and interesting to them.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan “Telling a Story About Me: Young Children Write Autobiographies.”
Increase your child’s vocabulary by talking, reading, and playing word games. Vocabulary is closely tied to reading success--the more words a child knows, the more words he/she will be able to read and understand.Try some of the following activities for your child’s grade level:
Play I Spy:
“I spy something that begins with the sound… ex: /w/ window
Have your child retell an outing to another person. Make sure they include the key details in sequence
Students should be writing clear sentence detail sentences with proper punctuation.
Play Rhyming Games:Think of all the words that rhyme with another word.
Play Sight Word Tic Tac Toe:
Child needs to read sight word correctly before drawing x or o. (see website for list of 107 frequently used words)
Make Connections when Reading:Students think of what in their lives the books reminds them of or what the story teaches them that will help them in their own life.
Play Opposite Games:Can you think of a word that is the opposite of...
Coloring:Compare and contrast the different shades of a color. Read the color names with your child.
Compare and Contrast:Tell how similar or different the characters in two stories are.