Hey friends! I wanted to share with you a tip that I use with my students. Parents are often asking me: Teacher, how can I help my student at home? My response is always: Read with your students every single day AND let’s try a free take home reader kit. So, I created this letter. I put it at the top of every single kit. This will give parents the support they need and students the opportunity to grow in the skills they specifically need.
How I create my Take Home Reader Kits
I attach the welcome letter to the front of my kit. Based on my students needs, I pull activities from my intervention binders. In this particular photo, I also added some of Cara Carroll’s phonics activities. I throw in a book or two as well, usually one of the one dollar books from Scholastic. The best part is, I can give a parent volunteer a list of sections I need copied from the reading intervention binders, and they run them off in groups. So when I need a certain skill, I just pull the sections out and all them to the envelopes.
The point of the take home reader kit is for parents to have a fun and engaging way to practice foundational skills. The kit is designed for students to have a few minutes each day. It’s OKAY if you are using the intervention binders in the classroom, it’s like a double dip by sending these home!
I store all of my take home reader kits in poly envelopes.
In the picture shown here, I’m using my short vowel literacy activities to help student practice decoding skills. I created easy games for parents to use with their students so that children can master decoding and reading short vowel words.