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Roads to reading (171 out of 365) #blogaday

There are so many ways to help children learn to read. I am glad that this book breaks down some into more detail. I know the basic few of chunking, re-reading, sounding it out – but children need to have a large repertoire so they can enjoy reading on their own.

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Remembering reading (128 out of 365) #blogaday

I used to dislike reading because I always wanted to go outside or watch TV. But I got back into it when I was a camp counselor and in the woods ha. I discovered that is really relaxing, and you can create the world in your mind 🙂

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Life is busy. We have plenty to do with work, chores, errands, extra-curricular activities, more work, and everything else that we do between getting up in the morning and going to bed at night so we can do it all over again the next day. Making time for ourselves is hard enough, but does that mean that carving time out to read is nearly impossible?

There are so many reasons to pick up a book and start leafing through its pages – whether you are the kind of person who needs a physical book that you can dog-ear, write on, or even smell… or the kind of person who loves the simplicity and instant gratification that comes with reading on an electronic device. I’m a bit of both. I am a reader: eternally in love with the way words align on a page, causing us to laugh, cry, sigh, hold…

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Grabbing the right genre (78 out of 365) #blogaday #sol15

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I started reading a new mystery book as well as receiving a different ghost story one in the mail this week – it sparked my interest in how certain genres draw readers in, and how to encourage students to broaden their focus. I am usually interested in mysteries, but there are so many types of books that fit into this category (detectives, ghost stories, historical fiction, etc). If children are interested in one particular genre, what can be done to allow them to see other books and authors? I have found my own niche with animals as narrators. It is important to really pay attention to what the students are reading, and find them similar books that might be from a different genre. How an author writes can also affect enjoyment because not everybody wants to read the same tone of writing. If you find an author you like, it can be a safe bet that they have other books or recommendations on Amazon. Especially with authors of children’s books, they often write a series to keep the readers’ attentions. genresSince I was much more of an active-play kind of child, rather than the sitting and reading kind, I am often interested by what “makes” children want to read. I know that finding the right genre is a large part of it, but am not sure how to know that children are reading the wrong one (rather than needing more assistance). I guess it comes down to knowing your students well enough, and talking to them about their interests. I will start to understand more of the logistics with reading once I have my own class, and have started teaching students on my own. It is difficult to understand what the children looked like at the beginning, middle, and end of the year when I wasn’t with them throughout the whole process. I look forward to understanding more hopefully next school year!genres2

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Flashlight fun (73 out of 365) #blogaday #sol15

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I found this fun activity (click “activity” to see!) to do with reading while browsing Pinterest. I think it will help the children find the exciting part of reading – it gives them something to look forward to, as well as having them actually reading for a portion of the day. It is important to provide children with opportunities like this for reading, so they do not get bored with the same routine or being forced to read. This type of activity would have helped me with reading because it is more interactive. My main issue with reading was that I would rather be outside running around or playing games. I hope this game helped the students out that had similar situation to mine 🙂 flashlight reading post

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Monster bookmark mania (51 out of 365) #blogaday

Back when I was a camp counselor a few years ago, I made lots of fun crafts with the children that my fellow counselors taught me. One of them was the Monster Bookmark – it was really fun to teach kids how to fold it up and allow them to be creative with the eyes and teeth. I rediscovered these on Pinterest and reminisced about the fun times at camp 🙂monster bookmarks post2I thought it could also work as a fun craft at the beginning of the year to encourage my students to see the fun in reading. The “monsters” mouths are biting the page that you left off at so it should be exciting to keep reading and see what page he can eat next! The bookmarks could also be related to math since the students have to fold the pages into various shapes (triangles, squares, diamonds). Art should always be incorporated anywhere it can be because it isn’t a subject in many schools nowadays. monster bookmarks post

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Reading rainbow or reading ruin? (35 out of 365) #blogaday

I have recently started looking for books that I want to read aloud or have in my classroom library. As I was browsing, some articles appeared about why some children dislike reading and how to help them progress. This interested me personally because I hated to read in school, and some of these reasons could fit. The one I ended up reading was a list of “10 reasons non-readers don’t read.” Reading can either be a rainbow or a ruin, depending on if the student enjoys it or not.

nonreaders post1 nonreaders post3After reading the article, some that stood out included: “they always get put into the slow group,” “they have no interest in the material required,” and “they expect to be tested and fail.” I think these three are probably the reasons for most children. I remember hating reading comprehension because I knew I wasn’t going to do well – it still bothered me recently when I had to an entry test for graduate school 😮 The article had a good solution about telling your students that reading isn’t a chore, but a lifelong skill. I also didn’t understand why I was forced to read the books that I thought were boring. I only discovered that I liked reading a few years ago as a summer camp counselor where I was in the wilderness without WiFi or cell service – I fell in love with the mystery genre! It is important for teachers to “find something so compelling that students forget they are reading” (Johnson). This quote is inspiring because reading should be a fun experience where you must know what happens next. Being placed in the “slow” group can put a damper on how the students view reading and themselves. Everyone in the class knows which groups are accelerated and who needs more help – this can make it difficult to build confidence for the students who are struggling. Having group names where no one knows the difference (like colors, animals, shapes, etc) will really help soften the mood. nonreaders post2As a future elementary teacher, it is necessary that I can understand the various reasons behind a student not enjoying to read. Many teachers automatically jump to an inability to decode the words, but this is not always the case. The pressure and act of forcing students to read required texts for homework can make reading into a chore or a task they do at school. Writing can also be affected in a similar way by having numerous papers due and an intense focus on setup or grammar. Try to keep a positive light on reading and learning new vocabulary as a class. I am very excited to read books to my future students – I will probably read lots to the Kindergarteners I work with next term 🙂nonreaders post4