Children start reading by pointing to each word as they read, developing one-to-one correspondence, i.e. one written word matches one spoken word. Once this is developed, we tell them they are so good at reading, they don’t need to point anymore! Very exciting time and we all celebrate!
Next we encourage them to read with their eyes, again matching each word they ‘say’ with a word they ‘see’. As they get better at this, we encouraged them to look ahead at the words and make their eyes flow ‘along’ the words and sentences, rather than look at each word individually. This encourages fluency or ‘reading like talking’ as we say at school. Encourage your child to read the book several times to develop fluency. Give lots of praise for their effort.
Here the children are recording their reading to see what is sounds like. They ask their partner –
Am I ‘reading like talking?’ or do I sound like a ‘robot’?
Today all four prep grades gathered in the Library for a very special event, The National Simultaneous Storytime 2012 event. We listened to the award winning picture story book, The Very Cranky Bearwritten by Nick Bland. This is a story is wonderful Australian tale about friendship, sacrifice and learning that appearances aren’t important.
After the story we sang Cranky Bear songs, frightened Mrs T and growled so LOUD, we nearly brought the Library roof down!!! The preps were very Cranky Bears indeed!
Here is an interview with the Bear. Bob Monster asks him questions about being cranky!