Many years ago, in a country far far away (Japan), a colleague of mine by the name of Sandra Forrest introduced the staff to a number of strategies, than when taught to students, helped enhance their reading performance. Since then, I have been a strong believer in helping students unearth the scientific skills that befit a successful reader. Some of the language has been modified, but the strategies that I strongly believe in stem back to the work I did with Sandra at Seisen International School in Tokyo, Japan.
I have developed a website that will serve as a "one stop shop" to house the various practice and assessment challenges I have created to support reading strategies development. As the year progresses, more practice and assessment challenges will appear on the site. At this point, our focus has been on the the strategies themselves. Your child should be able to provide a general explanation for each of the eight strategies that have been introduced. Once students have a strong knowledge of the strategies, the work will begin on applying them. We have already done a bit of work around "connecting", though.
Website Link: www.8readingstrategies.weebly.com
I encourage families to have a look at the site and use the language contained therein when they discuss their child's reading experiences. I have seen substantial success over my career with these strategies.
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