Check the Google Calendar. Dr. Robert J. Marzano of the Learning Sciences Marzano Center, states that "...homework for younger children should help them develop good study habits, foster positive attitudes toward school, and communicate to students the idea that learning takes work at home as well as school." Here are some reading strategies that we are going to be working on throughout the school year, please have your child pick one and practice it home, and then write about in their homework journal. Please include ways that your child is applying it. Reading Strategies:
- Asking questions as you read: ask questions before reading, during reading, and after reading. Ask who? What? Where? Why? Look for the answers while you read.
- Determine important ideas: dig for important details, dig for information that tells you the author's message, and determine the facts.
- Synthesize and retell: put the information together and think about what you read. Retell the story or what you learned in your own words.
- Monitor and fix-up: think when you read so you know when you don't understand. Use fix-up strategies when you don't understand, like: meaning clues, word clues, and picture clues. If you still don't understand, mark the page and ask for help.
- Visualize as you read: put pictures in your head as you read. See and think about the story like a movie in your head.
- Infer as you read: make predictions. Draw conclusions as you put information together. Reflect while you read.
- Make connections: connect to what you already know: text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world. Activate your background knowledge.