Building Blocks for Grade Two Reading Success
To help children achieve grade two reading success, consider these points:
- Your child should read aloud to an adult (or a considerably older sibling, if knowledgeable and kind) for at least 10 minutes daily. Encourage accurate decoding of most words. If too many words are miscalled, the meaning of the sentence is destroyed. Don’t let this become a bigger headache in the future by nipping it in the bud, but with gentleness and understanding. Students are developing fluent, accurate decoding at this level. This will ensure reading success in grade 2 and beyond.
- If your child miscalls or hesitates over too many words, the text s/he is reading may be too difficult. Help the teacher to figure out which skills s/he needs more practice in.
(Check out these two Reading Tutor Bingo Games: Reading Silent e Words and Reading Long Vowel Words)
- The 100 high-frequency, irregular sight words of our Sight Word Kits are the most important words that need to be memorized. (Check out our Sight Word Kit A and Sight Word Kit B.) Don’t overload their memories with too many unimportant sight words. these are the most important!
- At this level most children should have mastered blending long and short vowels into words. They probably need help in mastering the irregular vowel patterns and other difficult clusters. (Check out our Reading Tutor Bingo: Difficult Clusters Set A and Reading Tutor Bingo: Difficult Clusters Set B.)
- Basic literal comprehension (Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?) is still important as children move to higher level comprehension skills such as main idea, making inferences, sequencing, predicting outcomes, categorizing, drawing conclusions. Ask all kinds of inferential questions every chance you get, in reading, in watching TV, and in daily life experiences.
- Use our Quick Reading Level Evaluation (QRLE) when helping your child choose a book from the library: Have him/her read a page from the middle of the book. If s/he only makes 1 mistake in every 10 words, the book is probably easy enough for free reading alone. 2 errors in 10 words indicates the child can read the book aloud with your help. 3 or more errors in 10 words means that you will have to read it the book to him if s/he is to get meaning from the text.
- Do not worry that a book is too easy. Easy reading at this level builds confidence and makes the child want to continue reading. Remember that many picture books for children have high reading levels and are meant to be read by an adult to a child. Your child needs to practice his or her reading skills on reading materials at appropriate reading levels. Explain this to the librarian, and ask for help.
- Books and magazines make great gifts, but, for the amount of reading practice most kids need at this level, use of the library is much better. Many of the mail order books and kits are not worth the money; they are ill-conceived and boring. You can bring home 5-10 library books, and, if your child doesn’t like a couple of them, no harm done. Just pick out something else. If you spend a lot of money buying books, and then your child doesn’t like them, this makes reading associated with guilt and unhappiness, instead of fun, interest and excitement.
- Provide a quiet place for your child to read and do homework. This means no TV or music playing. No matter what they say, parts of their minds are listening to something else, and some important focus is being lost.
- Children learn to read by reading. The more they read, the better they become. Parents can help a great deal by providing good conditions for practice. Insist that your child read every day. Most of them watch TV every day, and daily reading practice at this level will reap immeasurable rewards later in their school lives.
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