Reading Stamina

With Badger Exam coming up, one of our big focuses is building reading stamina.  The passages your scholars will see on this exam will be longer than ones they’ve seen on any previous test with a higher expectation.  We want all our scholars to be able to read a passage and not feel overwhelmed by its length.  This will not only better prepare them for the test but is an important skill for their futures.  We are working on building reading stamina in the classroom, and it would be great if you could help at home too!

The information below was found at http://www.readingrockets.org/article/building-reading-stamina.

Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for long-ish periods of time without being distracted or without distracting others. Reading stamina is something that parents can help students develop. Here’s how:

  1. Vary the way the reading is done. Parents can think about this in terms of having their child “read to himself, read to someone, and listen to reading.” Some combination of the three should make up the reading time, especially for new or struggling readers.
  2. Choose “just right” books.  This means he should be able to decode almost every word in the book correctly. In this situation, avoid using books that are too difficult to read alone. If your child will be reading with you, choose books that are lively and engaging.
  3. Set reasonable goals.   For middle school aged readers, consider starting with 20 minutes of reading time, and work up from there. Add a few minutes to your reading time every week or so.
  4. Celebrate progress. Without getting too caught up on the number of minutes spent reading, celebrate the time that is spent reading. Share your favorite parts of books read, plan the next visit to the library, and share progress with other family members.

Spending longer periods of time reading means fewer interruptions and more time reading what you love. As your child moves into higher grades, having reading stamina will help your child navigate the longer texts and assignments. Using these tips can help develop more stamina in your reader.

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