“We are training kids for careers that don’t even exist yet!” I know you’ve heard that sentence before. And, it really is true. Students in this changing world need 21st Century skills in order to succeed. They need to be able to ask questions about a variety of topics and they need to be able to think critically to find the answers to those questions. These 21st Century learners need to be able to communicate and collaborate effectively. And, they also need to be able to read!
As your student proceeds through the rest of their years at Medlock Bridge Elementary School and move on into the wide world they will be expected to read and comprehend more and more complicated texts. Today’s students will be the architects of much of their learning and they need to know how to read and find information independently.
Learning to read is a process and, believe it or not, this process starts with Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle and continues with a variety of genres and texts at many different levels. Children need to read often and they need to read both fiction and non-fiction books. Here are a few tidbits about reading that may just surprise you:
-Everybody Books or Picture books are vocabulary builders. They often have a higher Lexile than chapter books- this is because they offer context clues in the form of pictures in order to help students figure out the meaning of more complex words.
-Reading out loud to your child is a powerful way to introduce them to more difficult texts and will help them build fluency and comprehension skills. Plus, it is a lot of fun! Remember, you’re the coolest person in the room as far as your kid is concerned. If you love to read then they will follow your lead.
-Non-Fiction books for children are usually written simply with age appropriate vocabulary. Non-Fiction books intend that students focus on the topic rather than learning new words. This simplicity of vocabulary helps students understand facts related to the content in the book.