Our first graders work very hard during the school day. I ask that you spend 15 minutes each evening reading with your child. Your child will be bringing home books that are their reading level. Also, go over any work that might be sent home. Math goes home occasionally. A lot of times an assignment will be sent home that we will use in class the next day so it is very important to check your child's folder daily. Feel free to continue math games at home. The students love sharing what they learn from school to their family.Some questions you might ask your child while they are reading...Who are the characters?Can you retell the story in order using details?What do you think will happen next?What is the setting?Could this story have happened somewhere else?What is your favorite part?Do you have any text to self, or text to text connections?When helping your child read at home, several strategies may be used to aid in decoding unknown words.
1. Tell your child to look at the picture. You may tell your child the word is something that can be seen in the picture, if it is the case.
2. Tell your child to look for chunks in the word, such as it, in, sit, or, at or and. For example, students might notice and & ing in the word standing.
3. Ask your child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning letter.
4. Ask your child if the word looks like another word he/she knows. Does cook look like look?, for example.
5. Ask your child to go on and read to the end of the sentence. Often by reading the other words in context, the child can figure out the unknown word.
6. If your child says the wrong word while reading, ask questions like:
Does it make sense?
Does it sound right?
Does it look right?