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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is my child identified for Compensatory Reading?
A: See Identification for Reading Services
Q: Will my child be missing direct instruction in the classroom?
In most cases students are not missing direct instruction. The classroom teacher is having students complete work, reading aloud or working with other reading groups.
Q: Does this mean my child is receiving Special Education Services?

A child receiving Compensatory Reading Services is not identified for Special Education Services. They receive no special modifications.

Q: Won't attending Compensatory Reading upset my child?
For the most part, children enjoy the program. Reading teacher currently spend time in the classrooms working with groups of students and sometimes the entire class. Typically, a student is unaware he/she is receiving support from a reading teacher.
Q: What activities are done in the Reading Room?

Comprehension activities: story maps, retellings, discussions, comprehension questions, summarizing, cloze activities,sequencing, comparison of stories, discussion of genre, predictions, discussion of background knowledge, vocabulary and listening activities.
  Decoding and grammar skill activities: spelling strategies, development of sight word vocabulary, word attack strategies and syllabication rules.
  Writing activities: retellings, journal writing, predictions, comprehension questions, listening activities, original stories and poems and literature responses.
  Enrichment activities: poetry, word games, Family Reading Club and book writing.
Q: How can I pick books that are appropriate for my child?

There are several ways to pick an appropriate book. Often books have a reading level on the back, bottom, right-hand corner. For example, 5.3 means the third month of fifth grade. Sometimes books list age levels. A rating of 008-0012 means the book is appropriate for children between the ages of eight and twelve.
  We also have children use the five finger test. Your child can read a passage of about 100 words. One finger is held up for each unknown word. If they put up one finger, the book is too easy. If they put up two or three fingers, the book is just right. And, if they put up four or five fingers, the book is too hard.
Q: What can I do to help my child at home?

Have your child read at least fifteen minutes a day. Read with your child and to your child. Have your child read to you. Talk to your child about what has been read. Taking your child to the library and giving your child books and magazines as gifts supports the reading habit well. For more ideas, read the section Tips for Parents.

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Homer Central School District
Ms. Nancy Ruscio, Superintendent

80 South West Road
Homer, NY 13077

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