Monday, January 27, 2014

The Most Important Homework

As you know, your child has nightly homework to read at home. They have a reading log to fill out each night, that THEY can fill in with their book title and minutes read. Their job is to read a MINIMUM of 20 minutes a night. Research shows that children who read at least 20 minutes a night often perform on or above grade level in reading and language arts.

This can include:
- Reading to a parent, sibling, grandparent, relative, etc.
- Someone reading to them.
- Reading a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.

- If you don't sit and read WITH them, have them read in a room where you can see that they are reading. Third graders still need to be monitored.
- Have them read out loud to you, or just out loud to themselves.
- Alternate reading out loud and silently. Good readers need to practice reading out loud as well.
- Break up the time into smaller chunks.
- Read more on nights that you have more time to make up for the nights that you are busy and reading time is cut short.
- Ask your child about what they read every few pages or chapter.
- Take turns reading to each other.
- Have them bring one of my books home that they are reading in school. That's perfectly fine with me.

I feel reading every night is so, so important. Third grade is a crucial grade where we really bump up the reading rigor. They are expected to read for longer amounts of time, and we really work on building stamina. They also need to read for a variety of purposes and a variety of text genres. Below are some visuals and links to articles on the importance of reading.

Happy Reading!
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  1. I want to copy this whole post straight to my blog! Awesome stuff, Mrs. Johnson!! :)

  2. Ditto to what Kayla has said! I feel like this continues to be a huge struggle with my students this year! I, too, allow my students to read more on the nights that they don't have things going on to make up for the busy nights that they don't read at all. I may use some of this info. in my newsletter to the parents if you don't mind?

    1. Thanks for your comment Angie! Absolutely you can use some of it for your newsletter! That's no problem! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are staying WARM! :)