“If you don’t use it… you lose it” is a phrase we’ve all heard before. If you're a baseball player perfecting your swing and you take the summer off without practicing, your batting average is bound to be affected. It’s the same with school. If you take the summer off, your academics will surely take a hit. As educators we refer to this as the “summer slide”.
What’s all the fuss about sight words? What is a sight word? Sight words are the words seen most frequently when reading: the, a, was, were, and, because, etc. Sight word lists are generally arranged in the order of most common to less common.
The development of comprehension is rooted in retell. “Can you tell me what happened in the story?” This typical question can be asked of your child each time he or she reads a story.
Creating a reading space is a great experience to share with your child. You can let your creative juices flow because the possibilities are endless! Below are a few suggestions to get you started.