Parent Friday – Reading focus

Thank you to all the parents that came to see what reading looked like in the classroom. A great turn out from the lower years but, parent feedback suggested, the parents of older children think their children can already read. If that is accurate, I wanted to quickly explain how reading is not just decoding (making the right sounds to match the letters) but far more important is the understanding behind the words – Why did the author use that word? Could you use a better word? How does this make you feel? What do you think will happen next? What do you think happened before? and before before? How did the character feel? Why did they do that? How do you know that from the text?

Age appropriate bookmarks have gone home with all the children – please spend a minute to glance the ideas on the bookmark and use as a handy reminder when you are reading with your children. Together we make the biggest difference.

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