Harnessing the ability to read well is a key for success in school. In the lower grades we use strategies to help engage students before, during and after they become proficient readers. However, kids should also have fun and enjoy their reading. One way we have been practicing this in our classroom is reading a book in 3 ways.
The first way to practice reading a book is to Read the Pictures. Students tell the story or say what they see to themselves or someone listening by explaining what they understand is happening in the pictures, illustrations or photographs. Regardless of students’ reading ability this way of reading allows for language development, comprehension and creative thinking.
The second way to read a book is to Read the Words. When students read the words they are reading for information or reading for enjoyment. This practice is what is key for the development for the skills of comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing and fluency. Reading the words and the pictures together help with comprehension.
The third way to read a book is to Retell what you have read. To retell helps to solidify what the story is all about which builds their comprehension of the world around them.
A key to successful reading is practicing reading. Use these three ways to enjoy a good book. Happy reading!