Dear Parents, May 16,, 2017
On your child’s report card, you will find a DRA score. This is a very important reading score and it should be at least a level (3) THREE at the end of kindergarten and level 16 at the end of first grade. Make sure your child knows his/her reading level. Your child will be reading on a higher level by the end of summer. Unfortunately, during the summer, students who do not read daily will regress in their reading ability. Listen to your child read and reread because this will improve fluency. YOU, and only YOU, can prevent summer regression aka “the summer slide” and here are some ways to do it.
Visit our local library (479-754-3135) located near the post office and visit BOOK STORES. Find books on your child’s DRA level. Ask the librarian or book store clerk to help your find books on this level. By the way, even Wal-Mart has children’s books. Books are made to be read over and over!
In addition to reading to your child, search “children’s read alouds playlist” on YOUTUBE. When you add the word “playlist”, several books will be read. Read-aloud books are too difficult for the child to read. These books are called ‘Read-Alouds’ because you read them aloud and then you ask questions like: who are the characters? What happened first? Next? Last? What was the problem in this story? What was the solution to the problem? (These are questions that will be asked during DRA testing in first grade.) When you read aloud you model fluency and teach new vocabulary and comprehension skills (when you ask questions).
Turn on closed captioning (subtitles) on your TV. This helps children understand that oral language can be written and read!
Buy your child a spiral notebook (maybe fun colored pens?) and have him/her write 2-3 sentences every weekday. Notice the improvement after just three weeks.
Students, whose parents provide the above opportunities, are almost always successful in first grade. Children who do not read during the summer often struggle, especially if they have a low DRA score in kindergarten.
Here at Clarksville Primary, we are committed to our students’ literacy success and we want ALL of our students to be life-long readers.
Thank you for getting on board with us to create life-long learners!
Kelley Dean, Reading Specialist
Richer than I, you could never be, for I had parents who read to me.
P.S. Secrets from the Reading Specialist: Here are two questions on the DRA: