Reading Beyond the Primary Grades

What Parents Need To Know by Sarah Kiphart

Reading Practices

What your child reads outside of school is more than likely informational materials. I.E. magazines, internet, how to engage in their favorite activity, communicate with friends, etc. It is essential to know how to read and use these materials. It is my goal to collect a wide range of informational materials for your child to read that interests them. By engaging students in topics they enjoy we can pursue questions that are important to them.

Reading Strategies

The most important thing you can do to increase your child's interest in reading is to read to your child and often!! Mystery is a great genre for introducing the use of helpful strategies. Some reading strategies that lead to good comprehension are:

  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Making predictions
  • Inferring
  • Visualizing
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Attending to the text structure
  • Monitoring the developing meaning
  • Engaging "fix-up" stategies if needed

How Can Students Be Encouraged to Read for Literary Purposes?

Expanding the genres your child reads helps them to recognize what they like best. Creating a genre wheel is an easy way to help them explore. Make sure when your child is reading he or she is making connections: text to self, text to text, and text to world.

Reading is apart of everyday life. I make it my goal to incorporate reading into different subject areas. When your child brings home a textbook, help them by making sure they understand the basics of the book. I.E. locating the glossary, index, headings, etc. I go over this during class, but extra help outside of class goes a long way.

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Why is Visual Literacy Important?

It is easier to retain information that is presented in visual forms, or in a combonation of visual and verbal forms. It improves comprehension. Help your child develop a picture in their head when reading with them. Encourage them to say what they are picturing out loud.