It is hard to believe that we are in the month of March! Wow! This year has gone by so fast. It was wonderful seeing all of you at conferences. I love showing you all of your child's progress! During the month of March will will finish up our trip to England and be heading to Africa. We are looking forward to our visit. The children will learn about some of the different areas in Africa and some of the language spoken in this part of the world. How exciting! Thank you again for all you do for your child! We are a TEAM!
Moving from Emergent and Early readers, here are the next two categories of readers and how teachers support them in Guided Reading...
Transitional Readers take on novel texts with more independence. The teacher is still responsible for introducing the text, but a rich, detailed introduction often may not be necessary. A brief summary and overview provide the needed support.
Self-Extending Readers have developed a system that itself fuels further learning. Every time they read, they learn more about reading. The teacher's introduction may simply arouse interest and prompt questions. The goal is silent reading and complete independence, when readers introduce books to themselves.
From Guided Reading..., Fountas and Pinnell, 1996
Math in March!
Topic 26School Fun -- March
_____ Roll two dice together and add the numbers together. Do this 10 times.
_____ Play the game compare (aka war) with each player flipping over two cards. Decide who has more or less.
_____ Have somebody lay our six small objects or less. Cover with a piece of paper while you are not looking. Have them quickly lift up the paper and guess how many objects are under the paper.
_____ Say numbers backwards 15-3, 28-18, 45-31, 67-52.
_____ Check to see if you have any solid figures in your house that are cubes, cylinders, spheres, cones, rectangular or triangular prisms.
_____Read a story with your family. Draw the important parts about something in the beginning, middle, and end. You may write about your pictures too!
_____ Read your favorite story with your family. Write a letter about why or why not you would recommend the book.
_____ Read a story with your family. Draw/write what may happen next if the story continued.
_____ Practice writing the words --- was, went, they, and then.
_____ Write a "how to" story. Write and describe the steps you need to do to make or do something.
_____ Write a letter to your family about whey you are so lucky.
_____ Think of someone in your family. Make a list of why you think they are special.
We begin the New Year by adding a piece to our Literacy instruction - Guided Reading! Fountas & Pinnell, experts in the area of guided reading, identify 4 broad categories of readers, and describe the reading behaviors that occur at each stage as children move toward independence in reading. Here are the 2 earliest categories...
Emergent readers are just beginning to control early behaviors such as directionality and word-by-word matching. They use pictures to support meaning and rely on language as a strong cueing system. With emergent readers, teachers move from shared to guided reading, focusing on helping children independently read texts that are easy for them and that they have read before.
Early readers are in full control of early strategies and can read appropriately selected texts independently once the teacher has introduced them. Their teachers are concerned with helping them more fully develop their ability to search, check, and use multiple sources of information.From Guided Reading..., Fountas and Pinnell, 1996
Check back next month for transitional & self-extending readers!