Monday, February 12, 2018

Literacy February 2018

With the New Year just beginning, try to have your children make New Year's resolutions to read.  Series books are a great way to encourage reading.  When reading series books, children fall in love with the characters and their conflicts.  They become more comfortable with the author's writing style such as knowing how the author will begin and end each chapter and which key phrases and actions the author will associate with each character.  This "knowing" supports readers' fluency.  After reading the first book in a series, readers are used to the author's syntax, vocabulary, and rhythm of language and plot.  Then they are able to just read--and the more they read, the more fluent and confident they become (Resource: Inquiry by Design Blog).  For some ideas of series books to get your children started with their New Year's resolutions, check out the lists below for K-2, 3-5, and 6-8:

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