Guided Reading in the Early Years: It is possible!
Guided Reading Check List for Teacher Aides or Parents
This checklist is laminated and designed to help parents and classroom helpers to follow a set routine. I typically have three groups working at once (class of only 18). All groups are follow a very similar routine so children feel secure in the routine and understand the expectations of guided reading groups. Parents also understand their role explicitly and gain confidence by having this structure in place.
What to look for in Beginning Readers
The below handout is designed to provide basic information on observing reading in young children. This can be used by trained reading helpers such as assisstant teachers and parents.
Extension Activity for Beginning Readers (completed after each guided reading session)
After the children have finished reading with the teacher or parent they are expected to independently complete the above reading extension activity. The teacher or assisstant then has valuable time to work one on one with individual children. The Children write their name and date then read and write the common sight words. The children then reads the sentences. The children finnish by expressing their own ideas by drawing and writing.
Reading Flash Cards (flash cards are made for each book taught) Strong Visuals For Young Readers
I make a set of flash cards for each guided reading book. Using strong visuals helps build background and vocabulary. They are also ideal for using to parctice the oral stuctures and play games with.
Reading Briefs (given to teacher aide or parent helper prior to guided reading lessons)
The reading brief is my newest development. It is specifically designed for the local teachers at school or trained early reading tutors (parents). It gives some simple oral language structures essential for young children learning English and also reading strategies and comprehension skills explanations. So far so good! We have been using theses with the 4 year old students.