In second grade the students will be required to read at least 10 minutes a night and record it into their reading log for this first semester. Like anything in life, the more we practice something the better we get at it; the better we get, the more we like it; the more we like it, the more we do it! The more a child reads, the more words they learn. This helps them understand teachers, content and those around them better. Studies have proven that nothing improves reading skills like consistent reading. Reading is the key to success in all academic areas.
Students will receive an interim grade based on 5 hours at that time and a final grade based on 10 hours. I strongly encourage keeping up with around 10 minutes per night. Reading a hour or two sporadically does not create life long readers. This defeats the purpose of the reading log and the student will not earn full credit.
Please read with your child and discuss or question them on the story. A few examples:
- What character is your favorite and why? Least favorite?
- What type of book is it (genre)?
- Tell me about your favorite part.
- Where does your story take place?
- I didn't know.....Tell me something you learned.
- What do you think will happen next in the story?
- That character reminds me of .......Do any of the characters remind you of someone in our family? Why?.......
You'll be surprised as the year goes by with their fluency growth. Make reading part of your child's daily routine. If possible, have book baskets around the house. Fill them with a variety of genre. You can pick up bagfuls of books from library book sales for just a few dollars.
Make reading a treat. Occasionally, I'll let one of my children stay up past their bed time with me. I fix them a cup of hot chocolate and we both sit down together sipping our chocolate while reading and discussing a good book. Perhaps a privilege of being in second grade is that they can stay awake for an extra ten minutes, but they have to be reading a book.
The book bingo is to encourage your child to read from a variety of genre. Book-its and various other prizes are awarded for completed bingo cards each month.