Henry Braun's Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) and Regina Public Schools Continuous Improvement Framework (CIF) support the goal of higher levels of literacy achievement. There are many ways that educators and parents can support the continous development of literacy. We hope you find helpful information here.
Here are some helpful links for parents regarding the importance of reading.
Susan Zimmerman writes in "Seven Keys to Comprehension " about seven key comprehension strategies. Each chapter states a key comprehension strategy and guides the parent/teacher through helpful suggestions on how to cultivate readers into learners and thinkers.
Goldilocks Strategy for Choosing Books
We recognize that you are your child's first teacher and teacher for life. At all ages, it is important that each child read 3 different ways throughout each day as many days as possible. Here is a way to teach your child to choose independent books to read using the Goldilocks' Method:
Choose "easy" books to read sometimes. These are books where your child can read almost every word without help. If the book is a year or two below a child's grade level, he/she will build confidence, smooth reading and expressive reading. Your child can read these books independently or aloud practicing expressive reading and even different voices.
Choose "hard" (or challenging) books to read sometimes. As a general rule, if a child reads the first page of a book and misses 5 or more words, that book is difficult for the child to read. Reading these books aloud to your child will help build vocabulary, a sense of story and excitement for what's possible. Plus, it's just plain enjoyable to listen to someone read and then talk about books. You are never too old for that!
Choose "just right" books sometimes. If a child can read 9 out of 10 words on a page, that's a "just right" book. By missing one word every so often, your child gets a chance to try the strategies that we are teaching him/her. Every child needs practice using the strategies. If s/he is missing more words per page, it will be difficult to get any meaning from the story s/he is reading independently. When your child comes across an unfamiliar word, it's a good idea to have him run through a variety of strategies to try and figure it out himself. However, the child should not get to the point of frustration. Reading should be fun!
Here are some great links to online books. Students can read these books independently (with technological assistance if needed) and do activities related to the book.
Abracadabra Books - ABRACADABRA is an interactive, flexible, and powerful computer tool designed for use in early elementary classrooms across Canada. Taking a balanced reading approach, this web-based software is meant to aid beginning readers by offering a variety of resources such as research-based literacy activities and digital stories.Into
Into the Book - Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource. Students can practice eight research based strategies that include: using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating & synthesizing.
Tumblebooks - Students can read high quality children's literature online. To access this site from home, students must get a user name and password from their classroom teacher.
Children's Storybooks Online - There are a number of ebooks to read on this site categorized by books for younger children, books for older children and books for young adults.
International Children's Library - The beauty of this site is that books are available in many languages including English.
Dolch Word Practice - A necessary skill for emerging readers is to be able to identify words by sight. These practice lists allow emerging reading to practice sight words. The beauty of the site is that when the word is clicked a picture and sentence appear. Then if the sound icon is clicked on, students can hear the sentence, thus providing a reading context for the sight word. A wonderful practice site for beginning readers.
Sites to Support ELA Learning - This link contains sites that support language arts.
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