What is useful homework?
This question is one that we revisit often in schools. There are different beliefs about the role of homework and much research has been done on whether or not homework is effective. In a nutshell the amount of homework a child is doing should be reasonable (the 10 minutes per grade rule is common) and it should be used for one of 3 purposes.
One area that is a go-to for reinforcing students skills at home is home reading. There are many ways students can engage with books and online reading and all of them benefit their overall reading proficiency. Here are 3 suggestions:
Just right reading - Children are taught in class to choose books that are interesting to them and an appropriate level. We call these iPick books. If your child has a book that they are reading themselves it is helpful for them to have support as they read. Try some of the following:
Read Alouds: Often we think that read alouds are only for younger children but older children enjoy them too. One of the biggest benefit of reading aloud is that it gives you and your child quality time together. Another benefit is that it provides modeling of reading behaviors that a child can emulate in their own reading. It also helps them to start to experience more complex language, plots, vocabulary and ideas than they would be able to explore on their own. When you are reading to your child consider these suggestions:
Raz Kids - Our fundraising council has generously paid for licences for our students to use this online reading program. This platform offers many leveled texts that your child can choose from, and provides supports with new vocabulary as well. Children can check their comprehension at the end of each reading by taking a quiz. For students who are not quite independent yet there is an option for books to be read to them. This builds their awareness of story and auditory comprehension skills.
This week we are hosting a coffee talk about how to read with your child at home. It is geared to helping parents read with their early readers. Join us Friday at 9 am in the learning commons.