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ERIC Number: ED494111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Shining Stars: Second & Third Graders Learn to Read. How Parents Can Help Their Second & Third Graders Learn to Read
Goldman, Elizabeth; Adler, C. Ralph
National Institute for Literacy
This guide begins with a story about a second to third grade reader named Jason. The story is written from the perspective of Jason's mother, and models ways his mother helps him and his brother expand their basic reading skills now that they have grown beyond early reading. One way is providing a special reading chair where Jason can comfortably curl up and enjoy his favorite books about ancient Egypt. From reading about archeology, Jason has increased his vocabulary to include more complex words such as artifacts, excavation, and observation. Now that Jason is older, he has learned to sound out new words, and look up their meanings alone, and with his older brother's help. Some suggestions are offered in this guide for helping second and third grade readers develop habits of good readers, such as taking children to the library regularly, letting them choose their own books, and helping them read more difficult materials on subjects that they are truly interested in learning about. Another way parents can help second and third graders is to discuss concepts they may be able to read about, but may not necessarily fully understand, such as reading maps. Included is a story about mummies and list of questions parents might ask their second and third graders about the story to stimulate a thoughtful discussion, and prepare their children for fourth grade where students begin to read to learn rather than learn to read. The discussion questions could easily be adapted to any subject a child might wish to read about. A check list is provided which will help parents evaluate their child's reading progress. [This brochure is based on "A Child Becomes A Reader--Birth to Preschool," published by the National Institute for Literacy.]
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.; RMC Research Corp., Portsmouth, NH.
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