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What is Just Right Reading?
Just Right Reading is an independent, leveled, daily reading program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and fluency, as well as a direct home connection and accountability for daily reading.
For Students: books that are self-selected and on their level, time to read in school and at home, Reading Log and Folder (provided by school)
For Teachers: library of properly-leveled books in classroom, incentive chart, prizes for reaching goals, conference logs/running records, pen for signing logs in school
For Parents/Guardians: books, a quiet space for children to read, pen for signing logs
Students are asked to read a minimum of 1 "step" on their reading log every night. The amount of reading that equals a step may vary by grade level (Kindergarten is typically 10 minutes; Grades 1 and 2 are 15-20 minutes).
Parents/Guardians sign reading log at home every night. A child may read as many steps as he/she likes and the parent will sign that many lines on the Reading Log.
Teachers sign Reading Logs whenever students read independently in school (students typically get a "step" during silent reading or story time in school, so the preferred amount is 2 steps per day).
As students complete Reading Logs, they are awarded small prizes in class as determined by the teacher and are able to fill in a space on their incentive chart (as indicated by the teacher). Displaying the incentive chart is important so students can see how they are progressing throughout the year.
Once per month, a medal ceremony is held in the gym. Students reaching certain goals (25 steps, 50, 100, and so on) will receive medals that they can personalize and decorate.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
Choose a set reading time during every school day. A "step" does not have to be done all at once if time does not allow. For example, if a kindergarten student reads 5 minutes before school and 5 minutes before bed, that counts as 1 "step."
When students finish classwork or homework early, allow them to read independently while others are finishing their work/chores, etc. Any time is a great time to read!!!
The most important aspect of Just Right Reading is that students read books that they enjoy to foster a greater love of reading.