Dear Parents,

    Our first reading unit is called Making Wise Book Choices/Choosing Just Right Books. The purpose of this unit is to help children become better readers by learning to choose books that feel comfortable to read independently. These books should have only one or two tricky spots. This helps children to become fluent and competent readers.

    They are also learning to read for meaning, as we always read for meaning. It is important that when your child brings home books to read, whether from the bookstore, school or library, he or she practices retelling the book in sequence after reading. This will assure you that the books are just right for your child. However, it is still OK for your child to read books that are very easy or a challenge (take a lot of reading work), as long as they mostly read just right books. The content of this unit includes

        *Thinking about what a comfortable book feels like
        *Learning how to choose books to read independently
        *Understanding how independent reading helps us get better as readers
        *Knowing that a comfortable book has only one or two tricky parts
        *Knowing that readers read fluently
        *Understanding that we read for meaning

    Please remember that this is not in lieu of reading to your child. Research has shown that reading to your child is the most important thing you can do. I encourage you to read to your child daily for 20-30 minutes in addition to their independent reading.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you for your support,
    Lorella Lamonaca