Here’s an update on what we’ve been doing for Guided Reading these past few weeks, with Bruce (age 6). Bruce is reading at an exiting fourth, entering fifth grade independent reading level right now. (For more information on choosing the right level for your child, please see: http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/index.html )
At the end of June we read Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh, which is a level L/M (2nd grade) book. This took us two nights. I read the first couple of chapters to Bruce at bedtime, and then he read ahead after I said goodnight. The next night, I quizzed Bruce on what had happened in the story, then I read him the next part. Since I was reading part of the book and Bruce was reading part of the book, and we were having a discussion about the text, I consider this to be a Guided Reading activity and not just Read Aloud. For those of you unfamiliar with Bears on Hemlock Mountain, it’s a really easy and fun read, plus it’s a Newbery Honor book.
Last week we moved on to Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan, which is a level R (4th grade) book. I’ve always thought this book should be leveled much lower, but for some reasons most lists put it in the fourth grade. Anyhow, it’s also a fun read, and has the added bonus of taking place during summertime.
This week we read Ramona and her Mother by Beverly Cleary, which is a level O (third grade) book. The “Ramona” series is a childhood favorite of mine, and Ramona and her Mother is the only “Ramona” book Bruce and I hadn’t read yet. He loved it! In fact, Bruce just pulled out Ramona the Brave to read independently.
On one of the last pages of Ramona and her Mother, Ramon’s teacher calls Ramona “her little sparkler”, and Ramona reminisces about Fourth of July. As luck would have it (I swear this was unplanned), Bruce and I read this last page on the Fourth of July. So here is a picture of my own little sparkler, headed to our hometown parade.