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    Just as you would take your child to sports practice or dance lessons, reading is a skill that needs to be practiced daily! Even if your child is in the 3rd or 4th grade, you can still read to him/her at home. Borrow books from the library on tape or CD and have your child "follow along" in the text. View the books on Tumblebooks or on DVD if available, and compare/contrast to the text. Alternate reading pages or paragraphs aloud to each other. Children learn to read by reading and being read to. 
    It is such an honor to have the opportunity to work with your child. I am looking forward to all of the victories your child and I will share as we grow as learners this year. 
    Thank you. 
    Happy reading! 
    " Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
                                                                     Emilie Buchwald 

Parent Information: Reading

  • Six Stages of Reading Development
    Emergent Reading: The emergent reader has some phonological awareness, or sensitivity to speech sounds, rhyming and alliteration; recognizes some letters and may link some to the sounds they make; and has some understanding of books and print.
    Initial Reading and Decoding: The child who is just beginning to read can sound out words one at a time and decode them slowly and accurately. The Initial Reader also recognizes some sight words. ( words he recognizes as fast as his own name) He looks glued to the print, meaning that most of his attention is devoted to decoding. Some readers in this stage will begin to self correct when they make a mistake and will re-read the text so that it "makes sense".
    Fluency and Confidence: Gradually, the child becomes more confident in his ability to decode, recognize sight words, read short phrases, recognize mistakes and self correct those mistakes. He starts to read more swiftly and accurately, freeing his energies for greater comprehension of the text.
    Reading to Learn: The shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn"...the reader can acquire information from a text and compare it to his own ideas. He is able to understand the author's purpose. His vocabulary now increases more through reading than through conversation.
    Compare and Analyze: The reader can compare and analyze texts with multiple viewpoints and can put them into the context of his earlier learning. He can consider facts, underlying assumptions , and larger context.
    Mature/Fluent Reader: The mature reader constructs his own system of knowledge from the texts he reads. He can analyze, synthesize, and make judgments about all of the texts he reads to create his own understanding of the world. He is flexible and self-critical, and his knowledge is both the cause and the result of constant reflection, exploration, and curiosity.
    Sunnyvale students are introduced and encouraged to use all of the skills embedded within the above stages of reading development beginning in Kindergarten.  Unless all those opportunities to think beyond and about the text are always available, children develop a misleading perception of reading. Calling out words correctly and accurately is not reading.The goal of all reading experiences is understanding. Reading IS thinking.
    " Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting."
                                                                     Edmund Burke 
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