Dear Parent or Guardian,
This year I am excited to introduce the Making Meaning® program to your child. Making Meaning is a program designed to help students build their reading comprehension and social skills. The students hear books read aloud and discuss them with partners and with the class. They learn several comprehension strategies, including questioning, analyzing text structure, determining important ideas, making inferences, and summarizing. They also practice reading independently each day during Individualized Daily Reading (IDR). In addition
to helping each student individually, the program is helping our class become a community of readers by making everyone feel welcome and safe.
At the end of each unit in the Making Meaning program, you will receive a letter telling you about the most recent reading comprehension strategies and social skills your child has learned. Each letter will also include ways to support your child’s growth as a reader.
Our class has just finished the first unit of the program, which focuses on building the reading community. The students talked about what they like to read, heard stories read aloud, read stories independently, and discussed the stories they heard and read with partners and with the class. During the first unit, the students also practiced the social skill of listening carefully to others and sharing their own ideas. Listening well to others is a skill that helps the students learn and become active members of the reading community.
Here are some ways to build your child’s reading life at home:
Make weekly trips to the local library to borrow books.
Set aside a time to read together every day.
Stop every so often while reading aloud to ask your child what he or she is thinking about the story.
Model good listening by paying attention to your child when the two of you discuss a story.
Your child might also be interested in keeping track of the books you read together. Your child might choose to record each book’s title, the author’s name, and a few comments about the book.
Reading and discussing books is one of the most important gifts you can give your child. I hope reading together every day can be an enjoyable time for you and your family.
Making Meaning® Teacher’s Manual Unit 1 BLM1 © Center for the Collaborative Classroom