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Copy of Fast Start for Early Readers

A Research-Based, Send-Home Literacy Program With Reproducible Poems and Activities

Melinda Gerrald

on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Fast Start for Early Readers

A Research-Based, Send-Home Literacy Program
by Nancy Padak, Ed.D. & Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.
Fast Start for Early Readers
Getting Started
The Fast Start
Weekly Routine
First Grade Homework
* This is an easy-to-do, research-based program that has been proven to make a significant difference in children's reading.

*It only takes ten minutes each weeknight.

* The routine has two parts: reading the poems sent home and completing the activities together.
1. Read the selected poem to your child.

2. Read the selected poem with your child.

3. Listen to your child read independently.

4. Complete one or two activities each night from the family page.

5. Follow this routine 2 days or more in a row for each poem sent home.
The Fast Start Weekly Routine
Using the Family Pages
Looking at Words and Letters
Getting Started
* 1 new poem

* 1 family page with activities to complete

* a monthly calendar
Included in the Fast Start folder each Monday, you will receive:
The following Monday, you will receive a new poem with activities.
Playing With Sounds
Beginning to Read
Weekly Homework
Ask your child to count the lines (or words) in the poem.
Clap the syllables (beats) in a word. Say a word in the poem while clapping your hands for each part.
Point to a word. Ask your child to tell you what letter that word begins with and ends with.
Looking at Words and Letters
Say 2 words in the poem and ask your child if they rhyme.
Find a simple rhyming word and ask your child to say other words that rhyme with the word.
"Stretch" out a word from the poem, and ask your child to tell you what the word is or to find that word in the poem by blending the sounds.
Playing With Words
Reading to Your Child
*Sit together in a quiet, comfortable place
*Read the poem aloud to your child several times
*Point to each word as you read
*Model fluent reading
Read with Your Child
*Read the poem aloud several times with your child
*Continue to point to each word until the poem is known
*Don't worry if your child misses a word or two
Listen to Your Child Read
* Your child will read the poem several times
* Offer praise and help , if necessary
*If your child stumbles on a word, wait a second or two and then provide the word
Together, select a word or two from each poem to put on index cards. After you have gathered about 10 word cards, you can practice reading them and playing games.
Ask your child to find words that rhyme and list them on a sheet of paper. Then ask your child to think of additional words that share the same letter patterns to add to the list.
Ask your child to find and circle words in the poem that:
have suffixes
have long vowel sounds
are compound words
are people, places, colors, and so on
Beginning to Read
Questions & Discussion
Take a few minutes to look through the Fast Start folders.
Are there any questions?
Thank you for coming and learning about the Fast Start Program. We know that your support at home will lead to your child's reading success at school! Watch them soar!
Reading the Poem
Playing With Sounds
1st Grader
Beginning to Read
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