In our Prep-ONE classes we place a large emphasis on guided reading. During these Language periods, the students are not only encouraged to strengthen their reading skills, but the group setting helps to engage the children into the context of the story. During guided reading periods children are “reading for meaning”, which means that the students are using their critical thinking to decipher the text. It promotes more purposeful and thoughtful conversations about the text that is being read by the group. It prompts questions and reflection, which lead to a better understanding of the material being read. This activity also embeds early inferencing skills that will strengthen over time.
Guided reading groups not only help to develop students as individual readers, but they also have the support of their peers and teacher if needed. This gives children the opportunity to take on a leadership role while assisting their classmates. Students gain practice reading aloud, which in turn builds confidence and ease in the fluidity of their speech and oral presentations. This activity gets a thumbs up for igniting a passion for reading!
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