Reading Homework Calendar:
*Please have your child trace one number for the calendar day that they read for 15 minutes.
*Books will be coming home in their folders and need to be returned to school daily.
*Individualized skills to practice that will help enhance your child's specific reading abilities
Ask your child questions about what he/she’s read to keep the focus on thinking and learning, not just on whether he/she got all the words right. Below are some sample questions to ask. If your reader doesn’t know the answers, help him/her go back in the book to help find the answers together
.1. About the plot: “Can you tell me what happened in this book?”
2. About specific topics: “Can you tell me something that animal likes to eat?”
3. About her opinion: “What was your favorite part of the book?” or “How do you think the dog felt when the cat ate his food?”
What Mistakes Should I Correct?
At this level, your child won’t actually read any words and may not even look at the words, but she will remember the repeating sentence pattern and “read” the pictures.
Your child is learning that reading is thinking, which is an important foundation for future comprehension skills. This level is all about pride of ownership. Praise your child for learning to read on her own. Your child will take great pride in feeling she can actually do this on her own. You will be able to watch your child thinking actively as she integrates the picture clues with the sentence pattern. As long as you don’t expect her to really read, this level will go quickly and be great fun for both of you.
Above all else, keep it fun. Cozy up on the couch with a yummy snack. This isn’t work time. It’s all about making reading an enjoyable activity to do.
What Makes Yellow Books Unique?In Yellow books, the sentence is the same on every page except for one word that changes to reflect the main idea of the picture. For example: This bus is red. This bicycle is red. This apple is red.
Yellow books work like “training wheels” on a 2-wheeler. Children can “read” Yellow books before they can actually read any of the words or letters.
There are three stages of Yellow (1Y, 2Y, and 3Y levels) with a new reading skill at each stage:
1 Green readers can read at least 25 Power Words at flash speed.
At this level, your child will use these Power Words (e.g., the, are, who, is); these high-frequency words are also known as “sight words.” Your child will be able to recognize these words anywhere and read them automatically, at flash speed, without sounding out or working at them. Because many Power Words defy basic phonics rules, they cannot be sounded out and must simply be memorized by sight. The first 60 Power Words found on the 1 Green Skills Card make up more than one-third of the words used in English text. Once mastered, these words provide “islands of certainty” from which the emergent reader can navigate the unknown. Congratulations, it’s official: Your child is reading words!
Your reader may begin to self-correct or go back and re-read something that doesn’t make sense. This is a big milestone in developing your child’s problem-solving skills. There are four important “Word Attack Strategies” your child can use to figure out “tricky words” she does not know.
2 Green readers can read 75–120 Power Words at flash speed.
At this level, your child will know 75–120 Power Words and will use them as a reliable and familiar support framework when reading. He will be able to read these words in books he has never seen before and out of context, such as on lists and flash cards, at flash speed. The combined 1G and 2G Power Words (totaling 120 words) make up more than 50 percent of the words used in English text. When your reader comes to a word he doesn’t know, he will successfully use initial consonant blends (sp-, tr-, etc.) and four digraphs (sh–, ch–, th–, wh–) as clues to help figure out a new word.
When your reader comes to a word he don’t know, he will successfully use initial consonant blends (sp-, tr-, etc) and four digraphs (sh–, ch–, th–, wh–) as clues to help figure out a new word.