Your child will bring Baggie Books home every Monday or the first day of the school week. Baggie books must be turned in EVERY FRIDAY. The book(s) should be read daily and brought back to school once it has been read. The book(s) your child brings home in this baggie will be at his/her instructional level. This means that your child should be able to read the book and apply reading strategies independently. Your child will not bring home a different book every night. They will reread books for fluency when they bring home a repeat book.
Your child is learning reading strategies that they can use independently. The children learn a variety of strategy to use for figuring out unfamiliar words. From time to time, your child may need help; however, when helping, please do not "give" your child the word. This can promote dependence rather than independence. Instead, prompt your child to use the strategies by saying one of the prompts below. In this manner, your child will learn to apply the strategies and will develop into an independent, fluent reader who reads for meaning.
What to Say When Your Child Gets Stuck
1) Say: "What can you try?" Child should:
*see if something in the picture can help them, then re-read
*reread and think about the story (prompt them if they do not)
*re-read and say the first sound of the tricky word - this often results in the correct word "popping out of their mouth" (again, prompt them if they do not)
*it does not matter of you do not speak Spanish...you can guide your self through pictures in the book and online translators in case the word is "brand-new" for the kid.
*ask your kid to retell you the story. Prompt the kids saying something like: "Well, I think this story is wonderful and the pictures are cute, but... would you tell it to me in English? You know I am not good at Spanish!"
*if you know any of the words in the story, show your excitement to your kid. You can ask him/her to help you to pronounce properly and give you a brief explanation about its meaning. Kids will feel that reading at home is worthy and there is someone interested on learning from them.
• Listen to your child read every day
• Fill out your Home Reading Log every night
• Initial on your child's Home Reading Log each night that you have read a book & listened to your child read theirs
• Give lots and praise and positive support in this process of learning to read
• Check homework folder every day for notes, messages and school communication
• Read your leveled book fluently and out loud, every night
• Put books and homework folder in book baggie, then in backpack, bring back to school when you are done.
• Walk into class prepared and ready to learn, with homework folder and book baggie when you are done.
Be sure to read EVERY DAY with your child - it pays off!
Praise your child's reading and enjoy your time together!