Thursday, July 18, 2013

Skill Focus - Reading (and pre-reading) with On Beyond Zebra

This is a great story to work on your child's reading or pre-reading skills. The little ones (4 to 5 year olds) will enjoy the silliness.

If your child is 5 to 6 years old this is a good time to see if he has the basics of how to read a book. Does he hold the book correctly, know where to start reading, go from the top to the bottom of the page? Drag your finger along the words as you read (this and other books) to show your child what you are reading and to continually draw his attention to the text. 

As your child grows older, your 6 to 7 year old should be able to drag his finger as you read the text. This makes reading together, something that you both participate in... you are really doing it together!  This is not a story that most first graders will read fluently, but they can read some of the words. Another way to read this story would be you read a page or a line, then your child reads a page or a line. 

By the time your child is 7 to 8 years old, he should be able to read most of the words in this story with some help on the very Seuss-y words!

Remember what skills your child needs at each age:

Skill Focus - Reading (or pre-reading)
   4-5: sits and listens 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

Check out the whole list of reading skills here!

This is a short post, so take the extra time to go read with your child! 

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