Our 6 1/2 year old Chipmunk is an extremely fast learner with comprehension skills on a 5th grade level. This means keeping her challenged during school can be a chore at times. Reading Street is an all in one learning program for grades K-6, that incorporates Science and Social Studies with Language Arts skills.We care currently using the 2nd grade book for Chipmunk. She loves the program but certain areas of the curriculum don’t challenge her enough.
This week we have changed our daily school schedule a bit. Instead of me reading the main selection on Mondays, us taking turns to read the story again on Tuesday and Wednesday, and doing leveled readers on Thursdays and Fridays I have found something that she is already enjoying. Google is my friend (so is Bing) so to my friends I turn and find some helpful resources.
Into my Google Chrome omnibox I enter reading street 2nd grade. The results return and I hear angels in my head. The first link is packed full of resources to supplement the Reading Street curriculum. I scroll down and see green yellow and blue seatwork. I decide to click on yellow (reading group for kids that read on grade level) to see what this is all about. The pdf loads with 4 categories of individual work that corresponds to the weekly story. Under word work I read that the student has to located the words for the week in the main selection, therefor forcing them to read and really pay attention to what they are reading so they know what sentences to copy for the words.
This is the first thing we have been doing each day, along with a 5 minute discussion about what Chipmunk read. Today she said “Momma I really like the way we are doing the Reading Street story of the week”. As the teacher I can tell that it is working because she can recall more details about the story and memorizes the high frequency words for the week quickly. I give her 15 minutes to work by herself and i have to say this is a hit!