My goal is to infuse you with tools to empower you as a parent and educator. Yes, we know we need to read to our students, but did you know how you read to preschool and kindergarten students can help narrow the achievement gap?
Here’s a quick guide to read alouds
Repeated Readings- Choose a book tied to your unit of study and reread it 4-5 times in a week.
Draw attention to print - This is a big one! Choose 4-8 quick prompts that draw your students’ attention to print. Here are some examples:
Can you point to where I start reading on this page? (This helps students read left to right)
Can you find the first letter on the page
Where is there a letter c on this page? Is there another letter c?
What is the first letter in the word bat? Yes, b is the first letter. B says /b/
At the end of a page ask, What word do I read next?
Vocabulary + Print Knowledge - Reading and talking about the text builds vocabulary. Drawing a student’s attention to print builds phonological awareness (how sounds work in words). Students need both vocabulary and phonological awareness to develop their reading skills.