Assalaam alaykum parents, I pray you all are in the best of health.
As you may know, our whole-school focus is on reading this term in order to improve reading skills and to encourage the children to find reading to be a pleasurable activity.
I am glad to hear from the children that they enjoy reading and look forward to Mondays and Wednesdays when they can change their reading books. Children usually take two books home, but are more than welcome to take three. As you know, every Thursday is library day—which the children thoroughly enjoy!—so please ensure that your child brings their library book with them or they will not be able to change it.
In Year Two, we are blessed to have a lot of time for reading. Throughout the week, children read individually—either with me or Ustadhah Safah. This is a chance for us to gauge their progress, read your comments regarding their reading at home, and determine whether it is suitable to raise their level. Comments on their progress or any changes will be written inside their journals, either by myself or Ustadhah Safah. I also encourage the children to re-read the books as it can help them with fluency, understanding the story from a different perspective, and consolidating vocabulary.
We also have guided reading three times a week, whereby children sit in groups with me or Ustadhah Safah and read a story suitable to their level. This is a great opportunity for them to ask questions regarding the book and to gain confidence with their reading. Occasionally, we do this as a whole class, wherein each child has a book and takes turns to read a section. We are currently reading ‘Mr Majeeka’ which the children love!
Throughout the day, the children have a chance to choose a book from our reading corner and read for 5/10 minutes. This could be after they have finished their task, or if they have golden time and choose to read.
I hope this brief explanation has made it clear that reading is incorporated throughout the school week. This is very important to me, as reading is not just beneficial for literacy but also for the children’s confidence.
However, it has come to my attention from several of the children that their parents are not reading with them, at all. They have told me they do not wish to change their books as no one has read with them at home. This is reflected in their reading journals which are returned to school empty.
I must stress that you should be reading with your child for a minimum of 20 minutes per day.
Your child should be able to read the book fluently at school with minimal mistakes, in order to progress.
Please support children’s progress by ensuring that you are reading at home with your child. There is now a great deal of evidence that reading 20 minutes a day increases children’s likelihood of doing exceptionally well at GCSE, A-Levels and beyond. Habits are created from a young age and children should be encouraged to pick up a book. The real progress in reading starts at home.
As per my previous blog post, I again would like to stress that if you have any queries regarding their reading or learning in general, please do come and see me directly so we can resolve any issues. Each child in the class is unique, and it is better that you come directly to me regarding any concerns or suggestions you may have for the progress of your child.
Jazakum Allah Khayran,