A student who reads 20 minutes per day will read 1,800,000 words by the end of the sixth grade, compared with a student who reads one minute per day, who will read only 8,000 words. The student who reads one minute per day will only read .004% of what the 20 minute reader will read. Think about how much more information the 20 minute reader will have absorbed over time!
What are reading comprehension strategies?
The purpose of reading is to construct meaning from text. Decoding a word (i.e., sounding it out or memorizing it) is only part of the equation. The deeper goal is always understanding. Reading comprehension strategies areresearch-identified behaviors that good readers possess. Our goal is to explicitly teach these strategies to young readers so they are not trying to simply read words, but also understand that words convey information, ideas, or a story. There are simple ways you can use and reinforce these strategies at home when reading with your children.
How can I read "just right" books at home with my child?
1. Look at the cover of the book and read the title. If they have not read it before, predict what the book might be about.
2. Do a “picture walk”. Flip through pages and talk about what is happening in each picture.
3. Go back and read together. Make sure they are pointing to each word as they read.
4. After reading the book go back and discuss the story. Here are some guiding questions/ideas: