Reading Tips for Third Graders

The road to becoming a reader begins the day a child is born and continues through the end of third grade.

At that point, a child must read with ease and understanding to take advantage of the learning opportunities in fourth grade and beyond—in school and in life.  Learning to read and write starts at home, long before children go to school.

Very early, children begin to learn about the sounds of spoken language when they hear their family members talking, laughing, and singing, and when they respond to all of the sounds that fill their world. They begin to understand written language when they hear adults read stories to them and see adults reading newspapers, magazines, and books for themselves.

Research shows that children who are not proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade have difficulties throughout the course of their schooling, perform poorly in other subjects and may never graduate. Further, the alternatives to reading achievement — grade retention, special education assignment and long-term remedial programs — are costly and typically less effective for students. In a technological society, the demands for higher literacy are ever increasing, creating more serious consequences for those who fall short.

 The basic reading skills that students should acquire during the primary grades, include the fallowing:

- Phonemic awareness (understanding that sounds heard in spoken words correspond to letters seen in print)

- Common sound-spelling relationships in words

- Decoding strategies (reading words by sounding out their parts and blending them together)

- Vocabulary development and building

- Comprehension strategies (understanding the meaning of reading materials).

If you want to know more on this subject you can  download the following documents.

Reading Tips for Third Graders -The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your childbecome a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. Seewhat works best for your child.

Consejos para padres de niños en el tercer año de primaria - Los siguientes consejos le ofrecen maneras divertidas para ayudar a que sus hijos se conviertan en lectores seguros y contentos. Intente diferentes consejos cada semana y vea cuales funcionan mejor.

A Child Becomes a reader  - This booklet offers advice for parents of children from grades K-3 on how to support reading development at home and how to recognize effective instruction in their children's classrooms. (National Institute for Literacy, The Partnership for Reading)


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