Hi, (2nd and 3rd graders here) – we have been using SCM all year and I just learned that along with reading from Pathway readers twice a week, students should also be reading for 20 min in the afternoons. Do you have your children read twice on Pathway days or only do the 20 min free read on non-reading lesson days? My second question is do you have them re-read the same thing all week? I find this is done in traditional schooling and develops fluency and automacy from seeing the same word over and over. Is this in line with CM methods? Thankssarah2106Participant
For my children when 3rd grade and below, 20 min is too long to read in one sitting, but some kids are ready for that. So as for time use what works, Don’t feel “locked into” a specific time.
My current 2nd grader reads from Pathway reader as part of school and then after lunch a fun book for fun. He is reading Chalk Box Kid right now, it takes is a while because for him 5 min is about his limit to reading aloud to me. I do not have him read and reread the same passage from the book, we just keep moving on working our way through the book.
I do have a lot of children’s books that he will look at the pictures and read over and over for fun on his own, my older kids do that too. Richard Scary books that I read growing up he really likes to look at, fun mix of words and pictures to build confidence on his own.sarah2106Participant
Oh and my kids read shorter length daily. So they read from Pathway reader daily and for fun book daily, but as I said only in about 5 minute increments.
When it comes to reading lessons everyone will have a different set up, just do what works for you and your students to build confidence 🙂AmandaParticipant
My kiddos read a “chapter” from their Pathway readers each morning with me and they do 30 minutes of free reading in the afternoon. I provide most of the free reading options to make sure that the afternoon reading books are still good quality and on their reading level. We rarely re-read the same story or chapter twice. Children can gain fluency just by simply reading. No need to read the same story over and over! Imagine how dull that must be for children in public schools!
thank you Sarah!
thank you Amanda!Wings2flyParticipant
We read daily from a reader. I’m not sure if it took 20 minutes though. Other times, they read something at or below their reading level, for fun. They would reread some books for grandparents or if it was a favorite. Consistency is the key to moving forward, not necessarily amount of time spent.
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