Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Read-To-Self in First Grade

We are working on "Read to Self" in our classroom. Each student has a book box that they take with them to a special place around the room. They read the books in their box silently to themselves.

We have learned there are three ways to read books. We can read the pictures, read the words, or retell the story if we have heard it before.

We are building stamina in our reading each day. Reading stamina is how long we can read to ourselves and stay engaged. This is a process that we have learned takes time and practice. At the beginning of the year we practice, practice, practice so that we can build our reading stamina up to 30 minutes or more.

We also practice choosing a "bubble space" so we don't distract others as they read. We read the whole time, too.

We are learning about how to choose "Good Fit" books for ourselves. Soon the children will be "book shopping" for "good fit" books for their book boxes. Reading sure is fun in first grade! Be sure to ask your child about "Read to Self." They are very proud of how they are doing.

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