First grade has turned out to be much more intense than I anticipated. I really don't remember it being this crazy when I was 6! Red has homework nearly every night. In addition, her teacher has requested that she read to me 15-20 minutes each evening. Before we were only doing read alouds at bedtime. With everything we already have going on, what's a mama to do?
I finally figured out what we're going to try and we gave it a shot for the first time last night. I picked out two books for her at the library this week that are at her reading level. I gave her the choice of Catwings or Sarah Plain and Tall. She chose Catwings and read me a chapter last night. I asked her some quick comprehension questions about the story (i.e. What's the name of the kittens' mom? What's different about the kittens? Why does their mother want them to leave the neighborhood?). Then I read her a chapter of Princess Academy, the new read aloud chapter book we just started. I'm hopeful that this new reading plan will work for us and help her reading improve even more.
What do you do for reading practice at your house?