Community R-VI students in Mrs. Madsen’s class this year read daily to improve their reading skills throughout the school year by participating in the “Wild About Reading” program.
These 12 students (in grades K-5) helped Mrs. Madsen’s class continue to read books during fourth quarter. The “Wild About Reading” final count was 255 books read during the entire school year of 2011-2012.
The students participated by: reading to their parents, retelling the story they read, or answering comprehension questions after they read a book.
Any book students read (whether it was for homework, or Read and Respond, or reading just for fun) was counted for Mrs. Madsen’s class.
Students read books on their reading level from the school library, public library, or books they had at home. Reading for even a short period of time every day (10-20 minutes) can build and increase a child’s reading skills, fluency (smooth reading like talking), and comprehension (understanding what they read). Parents could also ask their child questions about the story they read, including: Characters-people or animals in the story, Setting-where and when the story took place, Conflict-the problem or problems in the story, and Solution-how the characters solved the problem.
Readers and listeners who participated in the program have been much appreciated. They are encouraged to continue to read and retell during the summer months.