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Focus On Reading - Linda Senjov (Head of Curriculum)

16/10/2013
FOCUS ON READING – LINDA SENJOV – (HEAD OF CURRICULUM)
Over the next few newsletters, the focus will be on Reading at Kruger.
Reading instruction incorporates explicit instruction in:
 
·         phonemic awareness (the ability to hear and say the sounds in words)
·         systematic phonics instruction (making connections between printed letters and speech sounds)
·         methods to improve fluency and accuracy
·         ways to enhance comprehension and vocabulary.
 
Some of the types of reading that occur throughout the school day are:
 
Guided Reading
 
During guided practice teachers:
 
·         draw attention to different textual features
·         explicitly teach strategies for using patterns of textual features in meaning making
 
 During guided practice students:
 
·         apply active reading strategies- read on, re-read, predict etc.
·         use prior knowledge as they predict meaning
·         confirm or reject their predictions based on the clues in the text
·         apply this knowledge in cooperative and independent practice
·         use comprehension strategies, such as sequencing and finding the main idea
·         gather information and interpret texts
·         reflect and evaluate on meaning 
 
 
Silent Reading
 
Silent reading is when students are given a selection of books that are below their instructional level so that they are able to practice their reading skills and strategies independently. This is when students read silently over a period of time. All participate simultaneously and the period of time can be lengthened over the year.
 
Reading To
 
Reading To is when teachers read a wide range of texts to students, either introducing new texts or rereading familiar ones. Reading To is a time for children to enjoy, but also for them to be introduced to types of texts unfamiliar to them and allowing them to become familiar with the text features informally. This may occur in any subject area.
 
At Home
 
Reading is great way to help your child, as the more they practise, the more they will improve. This can be done in many ways.
  • Have your child read to you each day, from any source – computers, books, newspapers, magazines, ads etc
  • Encourage your child to set aside a time to read silently e.g. just before bedtime
  • Discuss books that they have read or get them to tell you what the story was about
  • Join a library so that they can access books that are of interest to them
  • Discuss words that they are unsure of and use a dictionary (as a book or online) to find the meanings of new words
  • Read to your child, so that they can hear how an adult reader reads
  • If possible, read your own material, so that you become a model they can follow
 
The next Focus On will be based on active reading strategies to help you support your child at home.