As part of our balanced reading program in the Lower School at Saint Michael's students take part in daily guided reading lessons.
What is Guided Reading?
Guided reading refers to an instructional technique which provides small group reading and writing instruction to students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and skills. These groups are flexible and fluid, changing as the students’ needs change throughout the year.
How often do students have guided reading lessons?
Each reading group meets with the teacher on a daily basis to read a book at their instructional level, a level at which they can successfully read a text with a moderate amount of teacher support.
What do students do during guided reading lessons?
A complete guided reading lesson typically includes a book introduction by the teacher followed by independent reading of the book by the students, a book discussion focusing on specific reading comprehension strategies, and finally guided writing as a response to the reading. Students in the primary grades may also work on high frequency word instruction, phonics skills and word attack strategies.
What types of books do we use for guided reading?
Teachers choose from a variety of different materials to conduct their reading group lessons. Depending on your child's age, reading level, individual interests and needs, he or she may bring home shorter, books with illustrations to support successful reading, longer illustrated books with more complex text or chapter books with very few illustrations. We are fortunate at Saint Michael's to have a large library of titles covering many different genres in our Scholastic Guided Reading program. This year we were able to purchase new guided reading materials from the Literacy Footprints collection to be used in Kindergarten, First and Second grades.
How Can You Support Your Child?
The goal of sending all of these books home is for the students to have extra reading practice and apply the strategies that they have learned during their reading group lesson which will, ultimately, enhance their enjoyment of reading, their comprehension, and their reading fluency.
For younger readers, one way in which you can support your children’s reading development is to listen to them read the book they bring home in their reading bags each night. Be sure to offer sincere praise for their efforts. For older readers instead of listening to their reading, feel free to engage them in a brief conversation about the book. You might like to ask questions such as, “What happened in the book?” or “Tell me about an interesting part of your reading?” Most importantly, the time you spend supporting your child reading should be positive and enjoyable.
Thank you so much for playing such a vital role in your child’s reading progress!