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    Children learn to read by reading!

       Just as you would take your child to sports practice or dance lessons, reading is a skill that needs to be practiced daily. Whether your child is reading to themselves or being read to, research supports that to develop the ability to read fluently requires the opportunity to read. This means that children need to be read to or read everyday to become better at reading.

       Reading can be enjoyable and you can learn new things. Our goal at Apollo School is to encourage children to choose to read for pleasure and to develop a love for reading. Even if your child is in 3rd, 4th, 5th or even 6th grade you can still read at home with him or her. When you share books with your children, they are learning to think and act like confident readers. With your help we can develop life- long readers. 
       You can help them get even more out of reading when you talk to them about their reading before, during, and after reading. Children learn when they make connections between what they hear and what they know. One method families can use to help make these connections is called a "think aloud," this is where you talk through your thoughts as you read. Here are three examples of "think alouds." Try this type of thinking with your child to expand learning and to improve reading comprehension:
    1. Connect the book to your child's own experience- "This book reminds me of the time my father took me fishing. Do you remember when went fishing?"

    2. Connect the book to other books they've read- "This story reminds me of Cinderella. Both stories are about sisters. Do you know any other stories about nice and mean sisters? Let's keep reading to find out other ways the stories are similar."

     3. Connect the book to big ideas or lessons- "This story helps me understand that we are all the same in many ways, but it's our differences that make us special."

       In these examples, you're "thinking aloud." These are connections that good readers make naturally as they read. Modeling these types of connections will help readers know how to do it when they read independently. 


    Reading is Thinking!
     Read for meaning!