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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Thursday, 28 January, 2016 - 6:24 pm

Reading: Here, There, and Everywhere!

As a parent of a kindergartener, I cannot overstate the magic that is taking place in my home as my child learns to read. He pours over his sight-word lists and tries his hand at sounding out words he finds on signs and the back of cereal boxes. His first attempts at writing hang proudly on my refrigerator, illustrated in bright lines of crayon. He seems to know that one day he will be able to read by himself, that one day the world will open up to him, never to be the same. And I, I get to be a part of this beautiful process as I structure and support his daily practice and learning.

As a teacher, I try to keep alive the magic of reading in my older students. It has been years since they “learned how to read” as most people understand it, years since they figured out how to sound out consonant sounds and put together compound words. However, the magic of reading should never go away, and students need to know that they are, as scholars, still “learning how to read.” They may not need help (very often) with pronouncing the words in a sentence, but they are still learning why words are in the order they are in, the message an author is trying to send, the significance of what is not stated, and and how that can be as important as the actual letters on the page. They are still learning to negotiate texts, and how to create meaningful texts of their own.

To help support your own scholar, remember that you still have a place in helping your student “learn how to read.” Ask your children questions about what they are reading and have them explain what they think the author is trying to say. At the same time, take an opportunity to read what your students write, as their middle school creations are just as important as the first sentences they wrote and illustrated in kindergarten.

Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Upper School Humanities Chair

Comments on: Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Dr. Carlson wrote...

Great article… thank you, Mrs. Lydon!