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Day 5 Three Questions

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Welcome to day 5. Has your summer been as jam packed as mine? Well, I hope along with reading that you and your children are able to also have lots of fun. Today we are going to be taking a look at the three types of errors that kids typically make when they are reading and come up with some questions that can help them fix their errors on their own. Just like in the try again strategy, you want to get your child to be responsible for correcting his/her own reading errors. If you do it for the child, then you become the strategy called ask a parent instead of encouraging the child to figure it out.

The three magic questions are
1. Does it look right?
2. Does it sound right?
3. Does it make sense.

There are also three specific times that you ask these questions. Let’s take a look at an example of does it look right.

Child: “It dumped into Rani and Brother Dove.”

Parent: “Does that look right?” (Parent points to the word dumped.)

Child: “Oh, I meant bumped.”

In this example the child fixed her error immediately upon the question being asked. Many times kids will flip b’s and d’s. However, when they read it in context for a second time he/she is able to usually fix it.

The second question is does that sound right. The purpose of this question is to focus the child’s attention to sentence structure. Often times children will read the way that they speak and not notice the way that it was actually written. Also, kids will make tons of errors on the little words, inserting a different little word in it’s place. For example,

Child: “It took off his mask.”
Parent: Does that sound right?
Child: “Not really.”
Parent: “Try Again.”
Child: “He took off his mask.”

Parent: “Great, you fixed it yourself.”

Notice how it would not be grammatically correct with his in the sentence. The point of the question is not to be nit picky, but rather get the child to correct his/her own errors.

The last qustion is does that make sense. This question promotes the reader to make sense of what he/she is reading. Here is an example.

Child: “I am always the lion wolf.”
Parent: “Does that make sense?”
Child: “No”
Parent: “Try again.”
Child: “I am always the lone wolf.”
Parent: “Does that make sense?”
Child: “Yes.”
Parent: “Excellent, keep going.”

In this example, lion instead of lone does not make sense. It kind of looks like lion. It begins the same and it ends in the same sound, but it does not make sense. If reading does not make sense, then kids can develop comprehension problems and a low motivation to want to read independently.

When it comes to reading, the goal always needs to be to foster independence. Often times in our busy lives it is much easier to fix the mistake for the child, but this is not really helping him/her reach the goal of fixing the mistakes on his/her own. Odds are, that when he/she comes to a word on his/her own and get’s it wrong, then he/she will just keep reading and it will effect his/her overall comprehension.

 

Day 4 Read in a Fun Place

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Today, go somewhere fun to read your book with your child. You can go outside, go to a park, or to your local library. Reading at the library actually motivates your child to want to find other titles to read as well without having to break the bank. You can say yes to as many books as they want and encourage them to read what they have picked out.

Today is the beginning of the summer reading program at our library and during the summer months the library does special events to encourage and motivate kids to read. All library summer programs look different, but they usually consist of kids logging the amount of time that they read and some special programs.

This year my kids were excited to join a couple of book clubs. The Friends of the Library donated books and the kids actually get to keep the books. The way it works, is that the kids read the book and then they come to the library to talk about them. It is only one 45 minute session per book, so it is fun and motivating for them.
As soon as my kids got their books yesterday, they began reading them immediately. Then they also looked for books in the library to read in order to fulfill some of their reading minutes. What I love, is that this is all through the idea of a suttle suggestion. I don’t tell my kids how long they need to read or what they have to read. All those decisions are made by them.

Our summer program is only for the months of June and July. I have found that by August, the kids are not as motivated anymore. No worries, school starts back up soon and they will get into their new routines there soon enough.

 

Day 1 Find a Book

20120523-112121.jpgToday’s challenge is pretty simple. All you have to do is find a book that both you and your child will enjoy together. Trust me, the last thing you want to do is get a book that only your child will enjoy. This will not motivate you to continue on with the rest of the challenges. When you have desire, your child will have desire.

I always get asked where the best place is to get a book. There are tons of places that you can go. My favorite place is the library or http://www.paperbackswap.com because these will give you wonderful free books. Who doesn’t love FREE? It is my favorite word.

Another great place to get books is at rummage sales if you have time, or from Amazon. I like that Amazon gives you the choice if you would like an e-book version or a hardcopy. I also like that if you have the Prime it will get to you in 1-2 days. It is very reliable.

Another great idea is to talk to relatives and friends. Ask them what books their kids have enjoyed reading. Maybe there is a book that they could hand down to you or loan. Everybody always loves passing on a great book. I know I do.

Anyway, have fun with this. Select a few books that you would be interested in and then have your child make the final decision. Anyway that you can include choice in this process will equal tons of success. If you force kids to read books they have no interest in, then they will bring in team resistance. And believe me, that is one strong team.

What are you waiting for? Find a great book to enjoy with your child. See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

Oh Canada, How I Love Canada

 

Can I just say that I love skyping to classes in Canada?  Well, whether I can or cannot, I will.  This week I was in Danielle Maley’s grade 1 and grade 2 class.  I learned that in Canada first and second grade do not exist as far as terminology goes and that it is referred to as grade 1 and grade 2.  I just love this age.  These kids have so much enthusiasm and zest for life.  You can see how engaged they are in the pictures that Mrs. Maley took. 

The first thing that we talked about was how far away from each other we are.  We found out that we are 1,000 miles away.  Then we got to the important stuff like what is your favorite book.  One little girl happened to say that her favorite books are Franklin books.  Since I just happened to have a Franklin book I dedicated my reading of Franklin’s Halloween to Georgia.  The kids did not mind at all that it was a little past Halloween.  They were just mesmerized by the entire experience because they had never skyped with someone in one of their classrooms before.  I had the wonderful opportunity to be their first.

After skyping with Canada I quickly came back to Wisconsin to work with an adult that has struggled with reading her whole life.  She happens to live in Wisconsin and is only 30 minutes away from me, but working via skype makes it so much easier.  Neither of us has to travel for an hour and we get to get more done than if we were in person. 

This new student has mentioned that Skype has completely changed her life.  The fact that she can now get help with reading and not have to leave the comfort of her home just astounds her.  She loves the convenience and the new tools that she learns with each session.  She is continuing to get better and better every day and she brightens my day with all of her insights. 

I love that I can spread positivity around the world via Skype and in my day to day life.  It is a blessing, a calling, and for me a way of life.

The Skyping Reading Tutor In Kernersville, North Carolina

When I was in the school system as a reading specialist I started my day reading a story to the entire school on the morning news.  It was a wonderful way to start off our day.  Today I get to do something very similar and that is volunteer in classrooms all over the world and read stories to classrooms.

Today I had the pleasure of reading to a group of Kindergarten students in Kernersville, North Carolina.  It is such a pleasure to meet so many bright smiling faces early in the morning.  I love it.  My own children had just gotten on the bus and these kids were already at school ready for their day. They were all seated patiently at the carpet waiting for me to come into their classroom.

They were amazed that we were talking to each other and were 815 miles away from each other.  Some of them had experience with talking to people via Skype and many others had not.  One little boy shared with me that he gets to talk to his Grandpa in Mexico via Skype.  That is the beautiful thing about Skype.  Never has there ever existed a way to talk to people far away without paying a ton of money.  Now, not only do people get to talk to love ones, but they can see them as well.

Today I read the story Dragon’s Halloween by Dav Pilkey.  It was very exciting because Halloween is right around the corner and many of the children in the classroom are experiencing the same dilemma that Dragon was experiencing.   Dragon was trying to pick out a Halloween costume but couldn’t decide which one he wanted to be.  So, he decided to wear them all.  It didn’t work out so well for Dragon, but of course it had a wonderful ending.  I love this chapter so much that I am going to share it with you as well.  Click on the video and enjoy.

 

Hooked on Series in South Carolina

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When you hear words like just right books, making predictions, asking questions, and author studies, then you know that you have entered a classroom where great first teaching is happening.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of reading a chapter of a book to a group of second graders in Ms. Witherspoon’s class in South Carolina.  These kids are so hyped on reading that they even started their own Magic Tree House book club.  How cool is that?

Once I heard that their favorite book series currently was the Magic School House Series, I knew that I could introduce them to another amazing author, Dan Gutman.  This man writes amazing books and one of his series is the Baseball Card Adventures.  The book that I shared with these students was Honus and Me.  This is a fiction book about Honus Wagner a great baseball player and how a very lucky boy ends up with his baseball card.  Not only does Honus come and visit the boy through the card, but also the boy gets to go back in time and see Honus play a real live game.

After I read the first chapter of this book, Ms. Witherspoon mentioned that she had this book in her classroom library.  She also had the book Jackie and Me.  So, the kids will have the opportunity to check out a new series and keep reading over the summer.

I love promoting reading over the summer and I have a special philosophy.  If you hook a kid on a series then you can hook them onto reading for life.  Sometimes that is all it takes.  Ms. Witherspoon has hooked her kids on great books and they will definitely be reading over the summer.

Reading On Grade Level in 3rd Grade: How is it related to high School performance and College Enrollments

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A new study has just been released that talks about the importance of reading at the proficient level by the end of 3rd grade.  You can access it hereReading on Grade Level in Third Grade: How is it Related to High School Performance and College Enrollment.  Basically the study began in 1996 and 1997 and tracked students all the way to college to see if reading levels could determine success in High School and College.  The answer to this question was definitely yes.  For whatever reasons, if a child is able to read on grade level or above by the end of third grade, they he/she will lead a higher quality life.  Isn’t this what we want for all of our students?

This is why I am so blessed to help these kids out when they need it.  As many of you know I just began working with a little girl in Australia and after 3 sessions she has already made remarkable progress.  Her mom IM’d me last night with this message,

Hi Joanne just had the most satisfing experience… Brooklyn is reading to her brother… Jack and the beanstalk… one thing she has never just picked up a book before and read it herself or been able to… she is not struggling ..she is able to read it with minamal help… wow I am too happy for words… after three sessions she is on the road to success THANK YOU…before the end of the year I can see with your help she will be up with or better than her class mates…wowohoo

This child is exactly the type of student that could have problems later on in life because of her reading level, but her mom decided to intervene and get her the help exactly when she needed it.  Brooklyn is in 2nd grade and making great gains.  As a result, she will be able to have a higher success rate later on in life. 

I had the opportunity to talk about some things that parents could do on the Total Education Network before intervention would be needed.  I give examples of games and activities that parents can play with their children.  However, if you have already tried these things and they just havn’t worked and you are out of ideas, then the wonderful news is that there are people who can help.  Getting help at the right time is pivotal to your child’s success.  Thanks for reading and listen to the tips on the Total Education Network.

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