Sunday, October 16, 2011
Partner read: take turns reading pages or reading paragraphs, one person can read the dialogue and the other can read the text
Play word games: rhyme, change letters to change words
Re-read the same books and poems
Visit the Somerville Public Library
Borrow books from the Van Derveer Book Nook (the library in the Main Lobby)
Retell the story in your own words….and change the ending or part of the story
Encourage your child to look at the picture or to break up a word into sounds if a word is difficult
Dig deeper: ask questions while you are reading “Why do you think the character did that?”, “What do you think is going to happen next?”, “What would you do?”
Model thinking while reading: “That reminds me about a time when I….”, “I wonder why…”, “This story makes me think about another story because…”
Talk, talk, talk: share family stories, discuss the day’s activities, comment on TV shows you are watching together
Read different types of books: fairy tales, mysteries, non-fiction
Discover books your child enjoys: ask friends for recommendations, visit different websites including two great resources for book choices, http://www.guysread.com/ and http://www.reading.org/, ask the librarian
The Van Derveer School community will continue to promote the joys of reading. Among just a few of the activities planned are Mr. Diaz and I partner reading stories to the students (ask your child about the two we have read: Llama Llama Red Pajama and Have You Filled A Bucket Today?), school-wide reading activities and programs held throughout the school year, Somerville High School students and community members reading to our students, and book fairs. Together, as partners, we can instill in all of the students a life-long appreciation and love for reading.
Share your family’s reading celebrations!