Thursday, 11 February 2021

Reading in Autahi

Reading in Autahi

In Autahi we explore literacy in lots of ways including phonics, books and poems. Your child will have their own book bag and pictured above are some of the things you might find inside it. I'll go through each item to let you know their purpose and how to use them at home.

Firstly you will find a book for reading at home. The books we read at school are targeted at a level that still has some challenge for the readers. They work with a teacher to work out the tricky words and practise skills like using their finger to point to the words. 
When your child brings a book home to read they should appear a bit easier for them to read because they have done the hard work of figuring out most of the words at school.
Reading at home is for extra practise in reading and also to celebrate the hard work they have done in class to figure out what to do.

The next item you will see in the book bag is the yellow Kluwell reading journal. In this book you are able to record any reading your child does at home and record how many days they have been reading. This isn't just limited to the book that comes home in their book bag though. We encourage you to record books that they may want to read from home or the library as well. The Kluwell is a way to celebrate your child's reading journey as well as to encourage lots of reading.

Lastly you will start to see your child's Rocket Word booklet each week. Each Friday Carl will add 5 new high frequency words to each persons Rocket to learn at home. These high frequency words are the building blocks of the English language and will enable learners to access words that appear in a range of texts quickly and accurately. 

Here is a link to a blog where we go over some of the ways that families have had lots of fun practising the words at home.

Each week on Friday these words will be checked and your child will get to add a star for every word they know. Sometimes words take more than one week and we have extra practise during reading and writing time to help the word sink in. 

This might look like a lot of work to do at home but we know that it makes a big difference for our learners. We encourage you to give it a try and see what works for you and your family. 
If you have any questions about reading in Autahi then we hope you will come and see us for a chat. We are passionate about reading and are happy to answer any queries you might have.

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