***Once we are rolling, each student in our class will bring home new All Stars books every week. Books must be returned in order for new books to be borrowed. Books are selected by each child according to reading level and interest. Don't forget to sign the reading log for the time your child reads and the time that you read to them! Your child will progress through reading levels during the course of the school year.***
Tips for reading ALL STARS books with your child at home:
Please give your child a brief book introduction before reading a new book:
1. Read the title of the book. Have your child make predictions: “What do you think this book will be about?”
2. Before you begin reading, do a “picture walk” through the book and encourage your child to talk about what is happening in the pictures.
3. Briefly glance through the pages and ask your child to point out the words that she/he notices.
4. Introduce one or two unfamiliar but important new words that your child will encounter when reading the book. These should be common sight words such as was, went, this, he… words that you don’t think your child knows yet by sight. They should not be words that your child could figure out by looking at the picture, like “elephant”.
5. You are now ready to read the book together. Don’t jump right in if your child hesitates with a word. Give them a chance to try it on their own. It will be most helpful if you give your child prompts, like those listed below.
Reading prompts to give your child when he/she gets stuck on a word: * Have your child reread the sentence and get his/her mouth ready for the first sound in the word. * Ask your child to check the picture for a clue. * Say, “What word would make sense there?” * Ask, “Did that sound right?” * Encourage your child to try and sound out the word if it is short (2-4 letters).
Have your child point under each individual word as you read these books together. Do not allow your child to simply drag his/her finger along under the text. We call our index finger the “perky pointer” when we use it to read in the classroom.