Sunday, June 2, 2013

Reading Development for 4-8 Year Olds

To get this Seussy Summer off on the right foot, I want to make sure you know where we are headed and what to expect along the way. Think of this post as a map for you and your child.

My plan is to pick one Dr. Seuss book and pair it with at least one of the Focus Skills that relates to reading. Plus we'll do other fun activities to make the story more than just a book you read at night. The more activities that you do related to a book, the more your child will be excited about reading.

So here's your map by Skill Focus then ordered by age (ie: 4-5 means between ages 4 and 5):

Skill Focus - Listening to Stories and Answering Questions
4-5: Pay attention to a short story and answer simple questions about them
5-6: Listen to and understand age-appropriate stories read aloud
6-7: Remember information; Understand what is read
7-8: Correctly answer questions about a grade-level story

Skill Focus - Retell a Story
4-5:Tell stories that stick to topic
5-6:Retell a story or talk about an event
6-7:Tell and retell stories and events in a logical order
7-8:Explain key elements of a story (e.g., main idea, main characters, plot); Read, paraphrase/retell a story in a sequence

Skill Focus - Letter-Sound Correspondence
4-5:Name some letters and numbers
5-6:Understand that letters represent speech sounds and match sounds to letters; Identify upper- and lowercase letters
6-7:Identify letters, words, and sentences, Sound out words when reading
7-8:Have fully mastered phonics/sound awareness; Associate speech sounds, syllables, words, and phrases with their written forms

Skill Focus - Sight Words
4-5:Recognize common environmental signs
5-6:Recognize some words by sight
6-7:Have a sight vocabulary of 100 common words
7-8:Recognize many words by sight

Skill Focus - Reading (pre-reading)
4-5: sit and listen to books
5-6:Know how a book works (e.g., read from left to right and top to bottom in English)
6-7:Blend separate sounds to form words, Match spoken words with print, Read grade-level material fluently
7-8: Read grade-level stories, poetry, or dramatic text silently and aloud with fluency; Read spontaneously

Skill Focus - Writing
4-5:Write some letters, grasp a pencil correctly, pre-writing lines
5-6: Print own first and last name; Draw a picture that tells a story and label and write about the picture; Write upper- and lowercase letters
6-7:Express ideas through writing; Spell frequently used words correctly; Begin each sentence with capital letters and use ending punctuation; Write a variety of stories, journal entries, or letters/notes
7-8:Write legibly; Use a variety of sentence types in writing essays, poetry, or short stories (fiction and nonfiction); Use basic punctuation and capitalization appropriately

Skill Focus - Following Directions
4-5:Follow basic 2 part directions (this and that)
5-6:Follow 1-2 simple directions in a sequence
6-7:Follow 2-3 step directions in a sequence
7-8:Follow 3-4 oral directions in a sequence

Skill Focus - Language Development
4-5:Work on forming and explaining categories (fruits, furniture, shapes).Sort items into categories.
5-6:Identify words that rhyme (e.g., cat and hat)
6-7:Give directions
7-8:Understand direction words (location, space & time words)

I know that that is a lot of information! You can view and print the Reading Development list by skill here or by age here!

Preview: I'm working on Dr. Seuss' If I Ran the Circus for our first Seussy Summer book! Come back soon and check it out!

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