Do you have a first grader? Do you ever wonder how they’re doing comparatively regarding their reading? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” The National Institute for Literacy has a free booklet that you are going to like.
The booklet takes you as the parent through a very easy-to-understand system to get some idea as to whether or not you are exposing your first-grader to those key things they should be exposed to and it also gives you ways to assess if they have or are learning what they need for their education and their life.
The booklet is divided into segments that give the parent a guide to measuring their child’s progress.
The first exercise is to practice a particular letter. A good letter is the first letter of the child’s name such as “B” for Brian. Then you may continue to use the letter to identify other “favorites” such as a favorite color of blue; he or she may have a love of boats and they may have a love of biscuits.
Then rhyming becomes an exercise which helps learn other letters such as lion, moo, goat and trisket.
The next exercise that is used is to read with your child and there are specific things to do with that.
Just a couple include picking out the letter you’ve been studying. Also picking out common words such as “and” and “the” are good things to do.
The booklet will provide a short story that you and your child can read together. Then there will be a number of questions that you can ask your child to see how they are grasping information that they are exposed to.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the publication is the checklist at the back of the booklet.
There is a card with a comprehensive listing of about 20 checkpoints you can measure your child’s progress against.
Such check-off points as “My child knows all the letters of the alphabet;” “My child knows the difference between letters and words;” “My child is beginning to understand and explain why people read” and “My child predicts what will happen next in a story” are just a few points for the parent to look for to obtain a comprehensive assessment of their child’s progress.
I remember as our youngsters learned to read and were taught both at school and at home, we would have loved a resource like this. We loved to read to them but one thing lacking was any tool to measure if your input was having any impact or not.
You may get this publication and others free (even the postage is paid) at http://edpubs.ed.gov/Default.aspx.
This is one government site that is a parent’s friend.
NIL, “First Grade Shining Stars Learn to Read”