I created this activity for 2 reasons
***Educate parents with strategies when reading with child
***Create an individualized reading program for children
This packet can be adapted to your needs as a teacher. It is a great resource for a home/school connection.
***A "Parent Letter" with information on the program along with strategies they need to help their child to read
*** 3 response sheets (2 for the child and 1 parent)
***Form for teacher to record individual progress
My greatest concern as a teacher was the lack of knowledge parents had when reading to their child. So, I set up reading workshops for parents and modeled a guided reading lesson. I showed them strategies to use and what to look for when listening to their child read. Most felt their children were great readers because they were able to read a patterned book. However, if they fail to read the last page, which tends to deviate from the pattern, they are not a true reader.
Due to schedules, I was not able to meet with all my parents to explain these strategies. So, with much thought, I created the "Parent Letter".
The 2nd part was the hard part. Assessments were made and it allowed me to give each child the appropriate leveled book for their first assignment. On return, sometime during the week, I would take the child aside and have him read his/her book. Not only did I have my assessment but the parents as well. It allowed me to choose an appropriate book for the next week. This was documented weekly on the progress sheet.
This program allowed me to see how children progress as readers. Some moved quickly from level to level, while others plateaued for weeks. I sent this information to the first grade teachers which they found valuable. A couple even continued with this idea and adapted it at their grade level.