Reading Power is a research-based reading comprehension program that teachers at our
school are using to help students develop comprehension skills to become more powerful
readers and thinkers. Our goal in reading is not only to teach students how to become
fluent decoders, but also to teach students to develop an awareness of their thinking while
they read, so that they can engage in deeper, more meaningful reading experiences and
improve their comprehension. The five comprehension strategies, or Reading Powers, we
are teaching are:
This term Year 3S have been focussing on the Connecting Reading Power to help them
become more powerful readers and thinkers.Here are some steps to help your child connect to a book:
Choose a book to read with your child that reminds you of your life in some way. This
could be memories of your childhood, a place you visited, someone you know.
Begin to read the book out loud with your “speaking voice.”
While reading, stop at a place where you make a connection. Share this connection, your
“thinking voice,” with your child: “This part of the story reminds me of….”
Ask your child to share his or her connections with you.
It is important to remember that, just as everyone’s life story - memories and personal
experiences - is different, connections are also different. There is no right or wrong way
to make a connection. Enjoy reading and sharing connections with your child!