Reading Tip: As you read to your child, keep them interested by asking, “What do you think will happen next?”, letting them turn the page, and encouraging them to read along with you a little if they know the story.
The most important learning center that we do is Read with the Teacher. Every group rotates through centers every two days so I am able to read with each group twice every week. This is the best chance for me to work on reading strategies with students.
I don't read the book for the students. Instead, I help them look at each word and figure out how to read it. It may be looking at the picture (Eagle Eye). It may be a sight word (Memory Elephant). It may be a word to sound out (Stretchy Snake). Those are the strategies we have used so far at this early level. There will be more later.
All of those strategies deal with Reading Fluency, which is important, but Reading Comprehension is the harder part for most students. So I also ask questions, such as "What was your favorite part?", "Do you have one of the things from the book at your home?", "What do you think will happen next?", or "Why do you think that happened?" They have some pretty interesting answers!
The boys and girls read the book through again without my help after having figured out the words in the book. They may read to each other or read on the phone too. They have read the book over three or four times before they come home to read it to you.
There is a lot of progress happening! I will soon switch up the groups and several students are ready to move up a level!