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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crew News August 29, 2013

We have been doing some testing in reading, too. These tests are done one on one with each student. Ms. Josie (our Literacy Specialist and Coach) and Ms. Elisha (our Reading Recovery Teacher and Coach)  have been helping Ms. Mary Beth and I with this testing. We are just about finished and I have already learned the first thing that I need to teach every student in the crew. We all need to learn to retell a story after we read it. (I have learned many other things that I will also teach in small groups or one on one but this one runs across our whole crew.)

Retelling is different from summarizing because in summarizing you tell only the most important points in a short statement or paragraph while retelling is telling the entire story again including the little details (especially the character's names). This is the best way to assess what a child at this age/developmental stage understands about a story. If they can retell it accurately and in sequence, then they understand it. If they get confused or tell it in a random order then they have issues with their comprehension.  We are going to begin practicing retelling the stories we read to help us improve our comprehension.

Reading consists of many components but all of these components lead to reading comprehension. We read to get the meaning of the piece of text we are reading. We try to incorporate comprehension instruction all along the way. We begin with decoding skills or word attack skills but we talk about the meaning of the story, too. We then move on to teaching fluency. Fluency is reading in a smooth manner with good expression. Fluent reading helps comprehension. If a child is reading with expression you can tell that he or she understands what they are reading. While students will continue to work on decoding skills and fluency throughout their school years, after first and second grade, reading instruction becomes mainly about comprehension.

We need to build a good foundation for your child's reading comprehension now. You can help by asking your child to retell the stories he or she reads to you (make sure you have read the story to so you know if they are accurate). You can also retell stories that you read aloud together. Take turns retelling parts of the story that you just read together and make it fun. This practice will really helps develop your child's comprehension and vocabulary.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
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