Here’s a link to great resources on all sorts of things:
Looking for more ideas on what you child can be reading??
Well, if you have a Cambridge Public Library Card, you can access Novelist. It’s an online database that compiles book lists for various age groups and of various genres and topics. Check it out! All you need to do is click HERE and enter your library card number!
This post comes in response to many of the discussions I have had the pleasure of having with you over the past week.
Easy Texts – books, articles, etc. that your child can easily read and understand on his/her own are fantastic for building your child’s confidence and fluency as a reader.
Just Right Texts – books, articles, etc. that has between 1-5 unknown words over a few pages but can still be understood (maybe with a bit of help) by your child when he/she reads it are good for helping your child further develop his/her reading skills.
Difficult Texts – books, articles, etc. that has more than 5 unknown words and/or are not understood by your child when he/she reads are NOT HELPFUL FOR YOUR CHILD TO READ ON HIS/HER OWN but CAN BE HELPFUL to the development of his/her reading skills if he/she is interested in the topic, if the information is appropriate for his/her age and IF YOU READ IT TO THEM.
Tips for Home Reading
- Have your child read Easy Texts aloud to you or a sibling to improve his/her reading fluency. Emphasize paying attention to punctuation (pausing at periods and commas, reading questions with inflection, etc.) and reading with expression.
- Take your child to the public library and help them find texts (information books, magazines, novels, etc.) that interest them and will help them to grow as a reader…texts that are JUST RIGHT for them
- Take time to read Just Right Texts WITH your child
- Take time to read TO your child…from texts that interest you and have appropriate content for them but may not be at their reading level. Examples: current events, newspaper articles that interest you, books from your childhood that you enjoyed, books that you enjoy reading now (if they’re appropriate in content), etc.