Hello Families! This is the first blog post specifically related to reading strategies. The idea is for us to work together and use the same language at school and home so there is consistency within reading practice.
First, there are two main parts of reading we will be discussing this year:
- Fluency, which is the ability to read words accurately. It also includes reading with longer phrasing, following the reading rules for different punctuation and having good expression.
- Comprehension, which is understanding, thinking about, learning from and making connections to the text.
Here is the first reading tip for you. When you are at home and the student does not know a word say “use chunky monkey.” This is a reading strategy where the student looks for a word “chunk” that they know and use that to determine the word. They can also use word parts (prefixes and suffixes) that they recognize to figure out the word.
For example, if the word is awareness, they would look to see if they recognize aware and then ness and then put them together.
Don’t let the child guess at the word and move on. If it is difficult for them, have them use “chunky monkey!”