Pasting homework

cut up sentenceAll of our students have now finished the informal Roaming lessons and they have begun the formal Reading Recovery lessons.  Your children are now bringing home their daily homework. You will be used to having your child bring home a book to read. The pasting homework is a very important addition. I have previously written a post explaining the role of the cut up sentence which becomes the pasting homework.

The students are learning many valuable skills for reading (and writing) as they reassemble their cut up sentences. These include:

  • Sentences are made up of individual words that can be spoken and written down. (1:1 matching of voice and print.)
  • Word order is important to make sense.
  • A space is needed between each word.
  • A capital letter will always be at the beginning of the sentence.
  • The full-stop (question mark or !) will go at the end of the sentence.
  • Words look different from each other.
  • I can search for a word, e.g. I can say the word- went– and look for a word that starts with w.
  • Some words will look partly the same and l will have to pay attention to other letters within the word.
  • I can check the sentence by rereading. Does it make sense? Does it look right? Are there any words left over? Do l have enough words?

It is tempting to take over the task for the child, especially if you are in a rush. If the child is not doing the task he /she is missing out on all of the above learning experiences. If your child needs assistance, give the minimal support required to prompt him or her, e.g.
Your sentence is about ______.
It starts ____.
What word are you looking for? What would you expect to see at the beginning?
Does ____ look like that at the beginning / end? Slide your finger under the word as you check it.
Will The or the go here?

Read the original sentence (written on the sticky-note) to your child if it is beyond him / her. Allow your child to directly copy from the sticky-note if he / she is getting frustrated. The task is not meant to be hard.

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