Parents of First Graders: November 2011Thank you for your diligent participation with the Literacy Library. We hope youare enjoying this time with your child.Recently we have been reflecting on our reading instruction and have concludedthat
we should „tweak‟ our Literacy Library Procedure. We are interested in
knowing how you thought the reading sounded, but we will not automatically
promote a student to the next level if she/he has three “Easies” in a row. Our goal
is to put more emphasis on enjoying the experience and reducing the pressure orsense of competition to move through levels quickly. Of course, we still expectstudents to demonstrate increasing ease with more difficult text over time, so theclassroom teacher will adjust the level of text difficulty by switching your child toa new level, as needed.Please be assured that we are challenging and stretching your child at school inhis/her reading group. These Literacy Library books are intended to be an easy,comfortable read for your student. The most important factor to becoming a goodreader is to read a lot! We are sending these books home to provide anotheropportunity for your child to read.Reminders:
The book in the baggie is to be a just right book or maybe even an easy book.
That means that it is in your child‟s independent range. Most of the words
will be easy. This time should feel very relaxed and fun.
Does your child sound smooth when she/he reads this book to you? Itshould sound like she/he is talking.
Can your child talk about the book when she/he is done reading it?
If you have concerns about any of these issues, please talk to your child‟s
classroom teacher. She/he can talk to you about how to help with thesethings at home to support the work being done in the classroom.