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IN Grade 1 students are expected to have home reading every week. The material that the students
take home can be books that they have been guided through at school, books that they can read part of with their parents and books that parents can to read to them.
AT school students will be read to, they will be exposed to big books that help teach strategies of what
to do when they meet a word that they do not know. We will be encouraging them to think ‘What makes sense? (Meaning), What looks right? (Letters) and What sounds right? (Grammar) They will also be guided through material at their reading level. With guided material it is a time for students to practise strategies and to think about the message.
TO help your child at home please look at the list of ideas below to make reading an enjoyable activity.
o Let your child look at the pictures in the books, they are essential to build up images for the student. As adults we use pictures in newspapers, magazines and books to orientate ourselves before reading the text. o Praise everything they can do. Praise when they correct their mistakes. o Listen. Don’t jump in with corrections. o Don’t put pressure on children. ‘We had this before. Why can’t you remember?’ o Help with problems at the time. For example, after children have tried working out a word say how close the attempt was, give some other clues, ask for another try, and then tell them the word. Don’t be disappointed if they can’t remember the word the next day. Give the clues again. o Believe that your child will learn to read.