You know that Rusty and Rosy Readingä is a computer software program that teaches your child reading skills. Bud do you know what those skills are and what you can do to help promote offline what your child learns online?
In technical terms, Rusty and Rosy Reading is arranged into five instructional strands. As your child works through the program, he or she will receive instruction and practice in all three. The type of instruction your child receives (learning nouns and verbs vs. homophones) will depend on your child’s level in the program.
Just so you’re aware, the five strands are
Phonological Awareness: Teaches how to hear, distinguish, and manipulate sounds in spoken words.
Phonics: Teaches alphabet recognition, letter-sound correspondences, word recognition, and decoding skills.
Comprehension and Vocabulary: Teaches word meanings explicitly and implicitly and strategies for deriving meaning from text.
Language Concepts: Teaches print concepts, grammar, mechanics of written and spoken language, reading readiness skills, and writing.
Fluency: Teaches how to read text accurately and quickly with appropriate expression.
Now, here are just a few ways you can have your child practice the skills they learn from Rusty and Rosy:
Play rhyming games with your child. Say a word and have your child think of words that rhyme.
Read while you shop. When you are at the store and pick up a block of cheese, show your child the word cheese on the package and sound out each letter while pointing to the letters. For readers, you can have your child spell the words as you fill each item on your grocery list.
Comprehension and Vocabulary
Just as Sesame Street has the letter of the day, you can have a word of the day.
Also read books together and ask questions about the story when you are finished.
When telling a story to your child, help your child identify the different punctuation marks: period, question mark, and exclamation mark.
This is a skill for your second-grader or more advanced reader. For this one, you can have your child read aloud and practice inflection and pacing.
Do you and your child do reading activities like these? We’d love to hear what you do.