Michigan Read by Grade Three
What is the law all about?
What do I need to know as a parent?
- Your child's reading progress will be closely monitored by highly trained staff beginning in Kindergarten
- If your child is reading below grade level, a plan to improve reading will be created. This means your child's school will work with your child to find where your child needs support in his or her reading development and create a plan to support him or her. This plan includes:
- Extra instruction or support in areas of need.
- Ongoing checks on reading progress.
- A read at home plan that encourages you and your child to read and write outside of the school day.
- Your child may be encouraged to participate in summer reading programs.
- The extra supports in your child's reading improvement plan will occur in small groups during the school day. Your child will not miss regular reading instruction.
How can I support my child?
- Read out loud to your child every day, no matter how old they might be.
- Listen to your child read.
- Echo read (you read a line, then they repeat what you read).
- Read together at the same time.
- Reread your favorite stories.
- Help build you child's vocabulary by commenting on things that your child finds interesting during playtime or a trip to the grocery store. Be sure to talk with your child, rather than talking at them.
- As they get older, talk to your child about what they are reading by asking questions, such as:
- What is your favorite part of the story?
- What do you think will happen next?
- How would you feel if that happened to you?
- Encourage enthusiasm for learning by helping your child to explore and discover how things work.
- Have your student read for at least 30 minutes every day. Encourage them to choose books that they are interested in and ask them questions about what they are reading.
- Talk to your student's teacher and ask if your child is on track to be reading at or above grade level by 3rd Grade. Ask how you can help improve or advance their reading skills.
- Ask questions about your student's homework and what happened in school every day. If possible, provide a dedicated place and time for your child to complete their homework.
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How can I support my child with Comprehension?
How can I support my child with Writing?
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