Journeys is our new reading series and we are very excited to share it with you and your child. This program is researched based and is specific to the Common Core Standards.
We take reading time and instruction very seriously. If your child went to OES last year DIBEL’s is not an uncommon name for you. To help you understand some of the skills that are basic to first grade learning reading. I would like to explain some of the major concepts.
Nonsense Word Fluency: CVC words that are not “real” words (tav, bef, sab, tik, etc…) You may wonder why this is important in your child’s reading instruction. Think about words with more than one syllable. Independent for example, divide the word into “chunks” in-de-pen-dent. Learning nonsense words teaches students to decode any word not just ones they know. Students should be able to read 50 nonsense words per min. by the end of first grade…if we work together your child will be able to read more!!!
Oral Reading Fluency- This is how many words a student can read per minute in a passage they have never read or a “cold read”. This is where phonics skills and vocabulary come into play. Students are expected to read 50 words per min. with 90% accuracy by the end of first grade! If we work together I know we can meet our goal and I hope we can bypass it!!!!