Well, even though I don't indulge in reading in my personal life, I absolutely LOVE to teach reading. I love seeing that "light bulb" go off when they finally get it! So, my goal every year is to have all of my students reading on or above grade level AND to fall in love with reading (after all, that's a reasonable goal, right?!). Here are a few things that I do to encourage reading and help my strugglers get on grade level (I've posted about some of these things previously, so bare with me!)
Whisper Phones- you can buy these at an expensive price from a teaching store, your you can get them from Lowe's for much cheaper! Who knew PVC pipe could be educational?!
Monster Fingers- my students use these to track their reading. I think they are $2 at Party City.
Reading glasses- you can either leave the lenses in, or pop them out. Either way, they add a little excitement during small group time!
I haven't actually used these yet, but I am very excited about using these with my struggling readers next year! I posted about them here!
My weekly Book Bags help all readers, but those students who need a little extra help definitely benefit from taking books home to read every night!
And of course... practice, practice, practice! Many 2nd grade students master the phonograms at the beginning of the year, so it's not necessary to teach them to the entire group all year long. They may all need refreshers on the cards once a week, but not daily. So, I take some of my small group time to reinforce the sounds.
Oh , there's so much more that we do on a daily basis during reading groups and independent reading practice, but there just isn't enough time in the day! I still joke around with my dad about how reading is not a hobby of mine. My dad and sister can read several books in a day. Any time I read a book, I text my dad and say "I finished a chapter book today, aren't you proud of me hahaha?!"
In all seriousness, I love reading with my students and I encourage it in so many different ways. Do you have any special tricks to help those struggling readers? Link up with Funky First Grade and share your thoughts!