First graders in Dixon Den will be bringing home book folders Tuesday- Friday nights. On these nights your child should read aloud, to an adult, one or two books from the folder. It is recommended that children read over the weekend as well. This should only take five to fifteen minutes a day. It is especially important that all first graders read in a speaking (fluent) voice rather than with a robotic tone. First graders are always encouraged to use their strategies to figure out tricky words.
It is so important that your child’s book folder be returned to school EVERY DAY with all of the books inside. Your child will need this folder to participate in both Reading Workshop and Guided Reading Groups.
Before reading, always take a picture walk!
1. Look at the picture.
2. Think about the story.
3. Skip the tricky word, read to the end of the sentence to get more information. Go back and reread.
4. Get your mouth ready to say the first sound and go back for a running start (reread).
5. Look for chunks and blends that you know.
6. Ask - Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?
Thank you for all that you do to help your first grader grow as a reader!