• Ready to Read
         ReadingReading is important in every day life!  In First Grade, we are constantly learning how to improve our reading skills, strategies, and comprehension skills.  We focus a lot on strategies and what to do if you do not know a word.
    Reading is fun! Please remember to make reading fun at home, too! Read to your child and let you child read to you! Below are guidelines on what to do before reading, while reading, and after reading. When reading with your child, model "thinking aloud." If you are modeling "thinking aloud" your child will begin to practice the same strategy.  Check out these reading strategies...use the helpful hints before reading, during reading, and after reading.  Remember to ask your child about the characters, setting, problem, solution, and what exactly happened in the story.  Encourage your child to "Stop and think" after each page or chapter.

    Reading Strategies

    Before Reading

    During Reading

    After Reading

    *Look at titles, pictures,and headings to see what the book is about.
    *Tell yourself what you already know from looking at the pictures.
    *Decide what you want to find. *Predict what the author will say.
    *Tell yourself what the author is saying.
    *Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense.
    *Picture what the author describes.
    *Identify the main ideas
    *Predict what will come next
    *Retell what you read in your own words.
    *Summarize the most important ideas.
    *Ask yourself questions and answer them.
    *Picture in your mind what the author described.
    *Decide what your favorite part was.

    Please see the "Writing page" for Phonics Rules to use when decoding and encoding words.