Reading Little Books
A few weeks ago we listened to I Can Read With My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss. Of course, we all know that isn't true. In Kindergarten, we read with our eyes open and often, we point with our finger under each word. Just like in counting, when we read, there's a one to one correspondence.
When your student brings home a blue envelope, they will take a book out and read to an adult, a sibling, maybe even a pet! Please encourage them to point under the word, unless that doesn't seem necessary anymore. If they get stuck on decoding a word, have them look at the picture for clues. They should look at the beginning letter/sound of the word for another clue. We may not know all our letter sounds yet. At this point in time, the sentence pattern and picture clue may be our best bet.
After they have read the book, ask them questions about the story. Who are the main characters? Why did they act the way they did?
It's early in the school year, yet many children are already excited about learning to read. If they brought home a book to read to you, this means they showed me that they were interested. Have fun!