gratitude wrote:I have some questions about early elementary reading & the ADV grid:
I'll help with the little that I learned from having these same questions. and as always I 100% reserve the right to be wrong on it. I'm just one opinion and only experience comes from my own kids. I"m no expert. so you know my disclaimer... in addition to whatever cool and awesome ways we share how it works... call mfw or email them with the questions too. Couldn't hurt to ask if you are using the reading and book basket the way Marie intends. then tweak how you like
1. When it says reading on the ADV grid is this having him read aloud to me & then also reading silently?
yes. it's for "finishing a book to the end" (unless it is just sooooooooo awful you can't) The idea is that yes, we finish books.
2. How long should I have him read aloud to me each day?
I don't know. My voices like a break after 10 or 15 minutes, so I don't make my kids go that long.
3. After he reads aloud to me should he narrate what he read?
hmmm... my middle gal usually just makes a comment on her own... for her it's more like how we make comments about TV shows while watching. hit the pause button and say something and go on.
4. My son LOVES to read. How often should I have him narrate the books he reads silently? Or do I keep narration to books I read aloud to my children & he reads aloud to me?
With my kids, I do it this way:
narration is for read alouds. that's a way to help lock info in their brains and for me to make sure they are still paying attention.
Read silently: I use "narration" techniques, but in my mind I just think of it "ooh.. tell me about the book. I didn't get to read it yet. what's was cool?" so, I call that discussion or talk about it for a few minutes to hang out and talk about stuff they are doing without me.
so, for me, it's a mindset difference from my point of view.
5. Book basket books: Do they narrate these or just read / browse them silently?
book basket is for the "learning to love to read" They don't have to finish those books if they don't want to. Let them pick them up, set them down, thumb through it.... do not over quiz (or over narrate) about them. encourage to share something at supper even if it is "you know, I didn't really want to learn that much more about Ponce de Leon, but I saw a cool picture of an old fort on an island in the book then I played with the cat. her ringworm is back on her ear."
(week 2, ex1850, my middle child and me 4 days ago. )
or a historical fiction book: that was fun to read mom. I read the whole thing and it was an adventure! (same kid... I guess she read it? but I couldn't draw much more out of her tonight on the book) LOL
you can use book basket books for "reading time" and even "just free time" or even for you to read aloud for an extra fact or two. It's the most flexible part of mfw. It's there to enjoy!
6. When I have him read aloud to me should I have him read aloud at reading level or below reading level?
yes, both are fine. below reading level will encourage fluency and "public speaking" skills. at reading level encourages some growth and trying. It's much easier to read aloud from slightly below level. Great practice, and confidence builder. My middle gal does great reading out loud from "easier" book basket books. She reads with a lot of voices and characters and inflection and our cat loves it. She can read a full chapter to the cat with no problem.
7. If he is narrating well when he reads to me & I read to him should I assume that is he comprehending what he reads silently; or do I need him to occasionally narrate what he reads silently (I just don't want to hurt his love for reading; am I being overly concerned that I will hurt it by having him narrate silent reading?)
if you have him narrate too much where he feels it is a quiz, that is a valid concern. I assume my oldest really gets what she reads silently. In elementary, I didn't worry about it. I figured if she knew the characters names and setting and plot, that was enough for it. She's a talker to begin with -- so when she'd get excited she'd just bring her book from her room and start reading stuff and saying "can you believe that part that he said?' well. uh. no, I haven't read the book honey.. "well, he did this and that and it's just so obvious..." and then she'd disappear with the book
so... she understands it.
Given your child's age, I'm not sure much more is needed than character, plot, setting, did you enjoy it? do you think others would or wouldn't? Dont' worry about terms like "denouement" (or whatever it is), or if they get the symbolism, or some "deep meaning". Plot and sequence of plot and trying to think ahead and enjoy the story.
one other little thing I do for testing non fiction reading comprehension: have them read the science experiments and set them up. or read a recipe and follow it. doesn't apply to fiction, but that's ok.
I guess the other part of it could be that my youngest does "reading comprehension worksheets" in her speech therapy. And it's just pointing out details while looking back in the text, and then some other little things in there that aren't reading comprehension but other language skills (like spelling list) and a question like "have you ever had a time where you were like so and so in the story and went sailing" talk about the experience. That has some fancy educator lingo with it... but eh? In my kid's case, she needs the questions in writing to help her understand the actual question. so it's very different for her.