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Grade 3 and Grade 4

In the middle primary school, many children do not get enough extended reading at the appropriate level. Reading time in classrooms is often of chapter books of their own choosing and usually at a lower reading level. Reading tasks are also short grabs of material that is often broken up into boxes on a worksheet. The presentation of reading matter does not encourage left-to-right and top to bottom eye movement which is exactly what a child needs to become a competent reader of complex sentences.

The reading and writing tasks available here provide longer texts that by their nature require extended concentration. There is a big difference between early Grade 3 and late Grade 4, so it is important to read the descriptions provided for each lesson package to make sure it is pitched at the right level for your child. “Reading and Writing, Sam and His Family Go Camping” and “Reading and Writing, The Quail and the Hunter” are two lesson bundles for these middle primary years.

Let your child read aloud. It is a good idea to take it in turns reading a paragraph each. If you find he or she skips words or reads the first letter of a word and guesses the rest of it, I suggest you slow down. Use a ruler to help your child to stay on the right line. The teaching cue from teachers, “What do you think will come next?” is counter-productive to the reading process. So encourage your child to read what is written and sound the phonics out to decode any difficult word. Then go back and re-read that sentence. A second reading is often helpful for comprehension.

There are lots of explicit instructions that any parent will find easy to follow. Encourage your child to read the instructions for the writing tasks that follow the text. This will reveal to you whether your child has understood the text. “Let’s go back and check what the story says,” helps your child appreciate that the text is there to inform.