Please spend at least 15 minutes each night working with the skills in this folder. Please do not mark on these papers. We suggest you use index cards to make flash cards to quiz your child. Approximate time frames are listed below of when your child should be finished with each section. However, some children may work a little faster through the folder. We will quiz students on Thursday to assess their knowledge.
Nonsense words: Nonsense words tests your child’s knowledge of phonics and letter sounds to see if they can sound out and read whole words. Work towards reading the whole word quickly. Because the words are 3 letter words, the vowels will be short, not long. You may want to time your child for a minute to see how many words he/she can read in a minute. This activity will help with fluency and will carry over to your child’s ability to read real words.
Dolch Sight Word Lists: These are the most common words in the English language. If students can read these words automatically, it will help them be a more confident and fluent reader. Please practice these words nightly (and out of order) each week. When you return this folder on Thursday, we will quiz your child and highlight the known words. We will put a sticker on each completed section. Because these words are Sight Words your child needs to know them by sight and not sound it out. They must say it as soon as they see it. Depending on your child's ability, you may work on 1- 2 sections at a time. It is our goal that all students know both easy and hard words by the end of December.
Fluency Passages: When the Fry Phrases are completed, the fluency passages will be assigned to your child. They will need to read the same passage FOUR times a week. Each time they read the passage, time them with a timer (kitchen timer, cell phone timer, stove timer, whatever you have) and record the time (minutes and seconds) it took them to finish the passage. Please make sure they pause at appropriate times (periods, commas, question marks etc). We also want them to begin reading with expression so that it sounds like they are talking. You should see that the time it takes your child to read the passage gets faster each time. The repetition of each passage will help them become more fluent readers. You may work on more than 1 passage a week if your child is ready. This section of the folder should be completed by the end of March.