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i ! '!i ~ 94 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 ,I Cape Gazette BEACH BABIES KIDS EXERCISE WITH JUMPBUNCH 7 STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTOS THE STUDENTS AT BeachBabies Child Care in Lewes spent Sept~ 22 and 23, exercising and playing with the Jump- Shown skating around in a circle is 4-year-old Lionel H~rris. Bunch. JumpBunch is a fun, structured program that introduces Ghildren to a wide range of sports and helps bui d coor- dimition, self-esteem, and a lifelong love of sports and fitness. JumpBunch is ~ at preschools, day-care facilities, el- ~ ~...- ementary schools, pa~s ~ ~agd recreation departments and any venue whemchildren are gathered~ S~ is ju~ ~ owner and instruct~ DamOn Hopkins warming up with the children before the games begin, .~ ~" '~ ~ ~*. j~ 1 ~ " ~r" - . Eddie Ghabour uses stretch bands with his classmate~ ii Waiting for the soccer drills to begin are Noah left, and Addison Hedriclc t the beginning of the school year, it is appar- ent which students re- ally need help with rghding. Schools can offer extra help with reading teachers and carefully crafted lesson plans, parents can really make a difference if they get involved and help :at home. It is really not difficult, but it does require sustained commitment to bring a child up to grade level in read- strategies for struggling ing. The rewards are enormous ular, but with practice it can be something in their memory, so cide what were the main ideas because the ability to read af- mastered, that they build a scaffold of or the theme of the piece. fects all other areas and impacts One trick for flashcards is to knowledge by reading and Keep a notebook with new vo- self-esteem, color-code them. For example, adding to their inforfnation base. cabulary, decoding work, new There are two kinds of read- use blue marker for words that Struggling readers need inter- words, and predicting and re- ing strategies: decoding and follow a regular pattern and vention, and parents are perfect stating notes. The notebook comprehension. For elementary green for words that are irregu- to work with them and get them serves as a place to go to when children, the focus is on decod- lar. This will help struggling up to speed because one-on-one the next tutoring session comes ing or being able to break up readers to instantly recognize help over a sustained time is the along. Start with a review of words into parts using sounds, the difference and allow them to most beneficial to success, what the child knows and has Students need to be taught the decode with more confidence. One strategy to use for com- accomplished and then go on to phonemes or sounds of the lan- Comprehension strategies are prehension is predicting. Before a new story with new strategies. guage, those strategies we use to under- the text is read, the reader pre- Parents are the first and best Find a good book that is not stand a text. Good readers regu- views it to read the title, picture teachers. If there is friendly in- too difficult; then go through the larly re-read, predict, infer, con- clues for content and important volvement and an attitude of text and pick out the challenging clude, question, compare and words. Students make compar- caring, then the child is sure to words. Parents can help by mak- contrast to get meaning. If a isons to other things they have make steady progress toward ing up worksheets or creating child is struggling with compre- read and predict what this will reading fluency. word banks that contain new hension, she may be able to de- be about. words. Sound them out together, code the words but cannot infer Another strategy is to restate Flash cards can be used to prac- meaning from the text. " what has been read using the Diane Saienni Aibaneseisa writer, parent tice new words. The Dolch list Good readers use prior knowl- main ideas. This can be in the and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District. For previous columns arid other can be added to the flash cards, edge and experience. They re- form of writing or just conversa- writings, visit her blog at It contains words that are irreg- late what they are reading to tion. Talk about the text and de-