Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
Union Memorial School’s Title 1 program sponsored a parent workshop—complete with free child care and refreshments!—for all students and their parents in grades 1 and 2 on November 10.
The workshop focused upon a fun and easy-to-learn, research-based approach to practicing fluency referred to as “paired reading.” In paired reading, the child reads aloud to the adult partner until he or she makes a mistake or struggles with a word, whereupon—rather than asking the child to sound out the word or look at the pictures for help—the adult simply provides the word to the student so that he or she may maintain the flow of reading. In this way, fluency and comprehension increases. Reading fluency is the ability to read smoothly, accurately, and expressively. It is a very important but easily overlooked aspect of the learning-to-read process, and it is part of what paired reading aims to enhance.
Many families attended the November 10 workshop to learn about the process, practice paired reading, and choose a free book to take home.
As we described in our August 19 article, Title I is a supplemental math and reading program, and it is complementary to what students receive in classroom instruction; it is not a substitute or a replacement for reading and math instruction. It is designed to include classroom teachers, Title I teachers, and parents in the students’ success, and it centers around research-based teaching methods. Depending upon the needs of the student, the Title I curriculum focuses upon some particular concepts. For the reading component, some of those concepts include fluency, comprehension, vocabulary development, reading habits, and so on.
For more information about Title I, please visit the websites for the Vermont Department of Education and the US Department of Education, or contact Union Memorial School, Porters Point School, or Malletts Bay School.
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