This week in Reading Workshop we focused our learning on sequencing of events and also our fluency while reading. Some students tend to read so fast that they can barely be understood. Kids are still learning that if they are reading out loud then that means they usually will have an “audience”. Someone else is listening to them and it is important that they speak loud enough, slow enough and clear enough that their audience can understand them. Every year I give two examples of “not good” reading. I will read very robotic and say “you..don’t…talk…like…a…robot…so…it…is…important…that…you…don’t…read…like…one”. They usually get a kick out of this and anytime I can make the kids giggle while learning, is learning enough for me! 🙂 I also use the example of a “not good” reading when you read too fast “likewhenIreadJunieBJonesIdon’treadsofastthatIforgettostopatpunctuationorforgettouseininflectioninmyvoice”. This also gets a good little chuckle from them. 🙂 Be sure to practice this at home. Help your child to slow down if needed or practicing re-reading a text will increase fluency and your child will start to sound less robotic because they know the words and can focus on just fluency.
We also continued our learning on the weather and discussed the weather cycle. Your child is bringing home his/her book that we made to help us remember the water cycle. Please be sure to look at that with your child and see what they remember about the water cycle. 🙂
Looking forward to another week with the kiddos. Next week we will be reading about Dr. Seuss! If your child as a favorite Dr. Seuss book, please have them bring it in to share. 🙂
Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend. Shabbat Shalom!