|The Scholastic Reading Counts Program has been a part of a comprehensive Language Arts Program at Galion Elementary Schools for several years and supports Ohio’s Content Standards for language arts. The Content Standards include specific grade level indicators for the following areas:
- Phonemic Awareness, Word Recognition and Fluency
- Acquisition of Vocabulary
- Reading Process: Concept of print, comprehension strategies, and self-monitoring strategies,
- Reading Applications
- Writing Process
- Writing Applications
- Writing Conventions
- Oral and Visual Communications
The Scholastic Reading Counts Program provides a structured process for students to read at their independent reading level and develop comprehension skills. Developing reading skills takes daily practice and the program enables teachers to monitor, guide, and intervene as needed to help students become successful readers. Through computerized tests, teachers can monitor the students’ ability to comprehend books that the students have selected to read. Research shows that by improving reading comprehension levels, students become better readers and writers. Teachers also use the results from student tests to target reading instruction based on those results.
The Parent Role
“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” is a Chinese proverb often used when describing the role of students, teachers, parents, and community members in teaching children to be good readers. Many community members have extended support through the Ohio Reads Program in which adults work with students as reading tutors throughout the school year. Parents also play an important role in developing reading skills. Helpful tips include:
- Set aside a specific time every night to read together and independently.
- Select a location that is quiet and interruption free.
- Maintain a routine.
- Monitor your child’s reading log and encourage them to set realistic goals.
- Recognize the achievement of reading goals.
What Do Good Readers Do
The ultimate goal is to develop specific skills that will enable ALL children to be good readers. Good readers use a combination of techniques to improve comprehension levels including:
- Use picture clues.
- Sound out words.
- Utilize their sight word vocabulary.
- Skip over a word, go back, and reread.
- Think about what would make sense in the sentence.
- Read fluently with expression.
- Observe the punctuation in the story.
- Self correct their mistakes without prompting.
Questions to Improve Reading Comprehension:
- Ask about the basics—who, what, where, when
- Have your child retell the story (characters, setting, problem, solution, events in order, key facts)
- Predict what will come next.
- Compare / contrast one story to other stories.
- Evaluate the story.
- Relate the story to real life situations.
- Discuss the topic, main idea, details.
- Write or draw a picture related to the story.