I teach reading skills and strategies to struggling students. My students are working at least one year and some cases 2-3 years below their peers. In my class, we learn about comprehension strategies, ways to break down new words, how to read fluently, as well as writing and spelling techniques to get them caught up.
I also try to instill in my students a love of reading, reading to learn but also the joy of being swept away by a great story.
My students are outdoor kids. Working outside with family, riding bikes, playing town sports and exploring the area. My students are full of life and tell me stories about their lives that scare the heck out of me. They drive tractors and four wheelers, mow the lawn, milk the cows, ride horses and shovel "stuff". They seem too young and too small to be doing those things but, that is their life.
The boys and girls in my classes are tough. They work hard and are kind and respectful. They appreciate the extra help they receive. They don't dwell on the things they don't have but rather make the most of their family life, school day and surroundings.
My struggling reading students will be able to read and carry around a chapter book just like their peers. The books available for my students reading level are often picture books or books with babyish characters. The books I am seeking look like regular chapter books but my kids will be able to read and enjoy them as they are at a lower level. I will keep these books in my classroom forever so they will always be special for my super duper kids. With 5 copies we can read together as a group and work through the tough parts.
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