In Manchester, we spend 90 minutes each day reading, writing about our reading and discussing books together! We learn about different genres and text structures, how to keep track of multiple characters and more foundational skills such as comprehension and word work.
Research shows that the more a child reads, the better reader they become. Therefore, volume of reading has a very big impact on a child's success in reading.
How long should my child be reading at home each night?
We ask that students read their independent reading book each night for at least 35 minutes. They can always read more.
How can I help at home?
Ask your child what they're reading! Have them "catch you up" on the story and explain what is happening! This will help them work on their reading comprehension. If they can't seem to explain the plot or are mixing up events a lot, you may gently suggest that this book might be a bit too hard. Students are taught at the beginning of the year how to find a just right book, so they should be able to find an appropriate book.
What does my child do during the reading block at school?
A good part of the time is spent simply independently reading (see above). However, each student also participates in a leveled reading group, meaning the book they are reading is "just right" for them. Groups are used as discussion sessions, not only to check comprehension, but to teach specific skills such as inferencing or fluency. Students also participate in word work using the Words Their Way spelling program. Advanced spellers do work using greek and latin roots.
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