Grade Two will be using the From Sounds to Spelling program. At the beginning of each week, your child will take home their Home Reading folder. In it, you will find a Family Letter highlighting the phonics skill we are focusing on for the week and word examples that feature this skill. At the end of the week, your child will have a word study assessment. Because our focus is on students learning an explicit phonics skill rather than memorizing a list of words, the assessment will have some new words (not listed on the family letter) that contain the targeted skill as well as some high frequency words.
Additionally, your child will be given two decodable passages in their Home Reading folder each week. These passages will also be based on the targeted phonics skill for the week. Have your child read the passage to you or with you. If they struggle through a word, let them try to sound it out first. If they are stuck, please help them. Remind your child to read with expression and ensure they pause after each sentence. Once finished, your child can answer the questions listed underneath the passage. If they struggle with spelling, encourage them to use inventive spelling and praise their effort over outcome! Please return your child’s Home Reading folder at the end of each week.
If your child finishes both passages before the end of the week, they will not receive an additional one. Instead, they can read the passage again to work on fluency, read books borrowed from the library, or reread old favourites and personal books at home. At this time, you won’t need to record these books down. They can also continue to practice the week’s phonic skill by doing the suggested activities listed on the Family Letter.
Please note that 15-20 minutes is the recommended amount of time young children should spend reading (in addition to the reading they do at school). Children enjoy reading with someone and greatly benefit from reading to someone. Therefore, finding the time and a quiet space to read with your child as well as listening to them read aloud to you every day is important.
Thank you for your support!