Oxford Owl Reading
WE LOVE BOOKS
We think books make a real difference to young children’s lives. Not only does reading and sharing stories support their language development but it can help children learn and understand so much about themselves and the world in which they live. Books can also help to soothe and calm even the most tired of children ….and adults! So if you do one thing each day for your child – make sure you read a book together.
Every Wednesday you will receive a reading record and book bag. Please bring it back to school every Tuesday.
Please read with your children at least 3 times a week. This can be either with yourself or other family members. Ensure you are writing reading comments in the records to say how they have read.
- Talk about how the child is handling the book- can they hold a book, are they turning pages independently, do they read words from left to right side.
- Are they talking about the images in the story, what are they saying
- Can they recgonise all sounds
- Are they beginning to segment words- c a t
- Are they beginning to blend words together c a t and say the sounds together as cat
- At the end of the story there are questions which you can ask about the story- do they remember what the story is about
- Can they retell the story
- Can they predict what could happen next
- Is their fluency in reading increasing- moving from segmenting and blending to just blending words instantly.
These are just ideas which you can write about in the reading record while reading the Oxford Owl Books.
But do not forget, if your child has any reading opportunities around them for example:
- Going to restaurant- reading menu or spotting sounds and some tricky words
- If you have a newspaper or magazine and they have spotted or read some words
- Spotted words and sounds in the environment
You can add all of these reading opportunities in the reading record as part of the 3 times a week comment.
All reading books will be provided to your children online. They will be assigned a book every Wednesday. This does not mean that every week there will be a new book issued as we encourage reading fluency and until we as teachers and you as parent and carer feel like the child has reached the fullest learning potential from the story, we will then issue a new book.
We are aware that some parents and carers would prefer to have a paper book instead to take home, if this is the case please inform your class teachers. We will aim to meet your need and provide a book however due to the limited paper book supply we might not be able to provide them for all.
The login details for Oxford Owl will be stuck in your child's reading record so it is important that you look after it.
Soon we will be organising parent/ carer reading workshops to support you as carers in your child's learning journey.