This past week, Ms. Dalbir, from One Up services, came in for an intense two days of read alouds with our students and teachers.
She read to all of the students from nursery through grade 4 and focused on important aspects of reading comprehension: questioning, predicting, identifying story elements, inferring, vocabulary and metacognition.
We will continue to focus on read alouds at school, encouraging the love of reading. Our reading assessments will help us find where we need to focus with students and we will follow through with comprehension strategies.
Thank you also to all of the parents who have volunteered their time to come in and read aloud to our students. We have all been growing as readers, thanks to your efforts.
At home, you can support your child by continuing to read to them outloud. Parents often ask "How can I support my child in the PYP?" Our first answer is: Read. Even after students can read, it's important to keep reading outloud. There are so many studies that support the importance of reading outloud, long after children can read. Research indicates that children who are read aloud to experience and increase in their vocabulary by 15-40%.
Jim Trelease, an author who has researched and written about reading, has said that a "Child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade." Even teens can enjoy a read aloud if the story is relevant.
See the poster below. Take a look at the video. And read!! If you want to keep track of your reading, here is a reading calendar for you from Read Aloud.org.