Thomas Edison Middle School recognizes the importance reading plays in student success. We know that you have high expectations for your children. Reading is the root of understanding, or making sense, of all text. With this understanding in mind, Thomas Edison Middle School provides every 6th grader with a reading strategy course.

The reading strategy course is designed to provide your child with comprehension strategies such as active or close reading, which consists of setting a purpose for reading, asking questions, making predictions, visualizing, and inferring. Students are also exposed to note-taking strategies, text structure identification, the usefulness of text features, vocabulary practice, and study skills. All students are registered to access Lexia Reading to enhance decoding skills as well as introducing Greek and Latin root words.

Important in assisting your child in the reading process are strategies you can implement at home with your child. It has been proven that children who read at home surpass those who do not read at home. They also are better spellers, have larger vocabularies, and perform better in content area classrooms, especially science and social studies.

This program outline will provide you with some strategies you can easily implement at home to help your child succeed in middle school.

MODEL READING FOR PLEASURE

 If your child sees that you enjoy reading he/she may be more inclined to read as well.

SET UP A READING TIME EACH DAY.  

Try to begin with 15 minutes and build up to 30 minutes

ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO PICK READINGS THAT ARE OF INTEREST TO HIM/HER

Boys at this age tend to be interested in video games, sports, wheels, and nonfiction topics. Girls at this age end to be drawn to fashion, romance, teen angst, celebrities, as well as nonfiction topics.

ASK YOUR CHILD TO SUMMARIZE WHAT THEY ARE READING.

This is an ideal way to check if your child comprehends the text and shows that you care about their interests.

ASK YOUR CHILD TO READ TO YOU.

This may include traffic signs, newspaper articles, recipes, and letters.

These are a few suggestions to help your child prepare for middle school. If you have any questions you may contact myself, Dr. Christine Parisi at cparisi@aces.org or Mrs. Loretta Potter at lpotter@aces.org.

We look forward to working with your children.

Dr. Parisi and Mrs. Potter