Wall of Fame: Make a Reading "Star Chart"
No, this activity isn’t astrology…but it's a great way to steer first grade readers forward. Here’s the background: there’s a magical moment for most young readers when all that early kindergarten phonics seems to join forces with all those hours of guided reading practice…and then it just clicks. Suddenly, you may find that it’s almost hard to keep up at home, as kids begin reading for themselves and also asking you to read, read, read to them as well.
In all the excitement, it’s crucial to remember that the central goal of reading is comprehension. Nobody wants to create a “reading robot” who can decode anything but never seems to “get” it. Instead, it’s important for young readers to stop and reflect on what they have read and understood.
Here is a way to keep track of new books, mark the achievement of reading them, and most importantly, step back and think: Which ones were really, really great?