Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Reading Effectively

Reading is an important skill.

How can we improve reading? I strongly believe that improving reading starts from books selection.

Children will not benefit from reading books which contains words they do not understand. Neither will they benefit from books which are so simple that they cannot learn much in terms of vocabulary and content.

Reading can be classfied in three levels:

Independent Level

Pupil can read the book with few errors.  This book is ideal for independent reading or silent reading.

Instructional Level

Pupil can read the book with some errors, challenges and skill building. Pupils will generally make 4 or more errors per page. This book is suitable for guided reading, that is, to be read to an adult who will guide the child in pronounciation and comprehension of text.

Frustration Level

This is when the book is too difficult for the child and the child will make lots of  mistakes within a paragraph. Pupils will be frustrated with their reading and this will eventually affect the child's self esteem and willingness to read.

All pupils have to bring a story book to school. They will have their silent reading in the morning before morning assembly. Are they bringing the right books to school?

If they do not have appropriate books, you can bring them to the library to borrow some. Some parents give their children the freedom to choose their own books so as they have interest in what they read. Many a times young children choose books that interest but are beyond their current reading level. Parents should choose the books with them. Some books chosen can be reserved for guided reading, and parents can also suggest other books of the same theme / topic for independent reading.

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