Would those of you with elementary/middle school aged children with Ds chime in with your experience with Silent Sustained Reading. It goes by many different names, but I am referring to the time spent in a quiet room with the class having an adult (usually the librarian) read aloud to the class.
Would you add your child's age and gender?
I am getting frequent calls from parents reporting behavior problems during this time. So far, all of my calls have come from parents of boys.
I am wondering if this is an across the board problem. I am wondering if a recommendation should be made to eliminate this part of the curriculum for kids with Ds?
MB, My son Patrick turned 5 the end of April. He is currently enrolled in a full day 4 year old class. I'll ask the teacher tomorrow if this has been an issue. I would not be surprised as Patrick was much slower than my typical 11 year old to enjoy actually listening to the story when we read at night. He wanted to point things out, turn the page before finished, etc.... His attention span was much shorter. He has only started this year to pay more attention to the story. I think part of the success came from the Living Books software. After he played independently with the Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Suess' ABC....he had them mostly memorized. Then he began to enjoy having them read to him. This has increased his tolerance for other books. One thing I have been doing is checking out books from the library that his teacher reads in class. That way they are somewhat familiar and he is more interested. I have actually been meaning to ask his teacher for a list beforehand, so that I can read them at home and then he would be more interested in class.
I really think that for Patrick, the answer might be somewhere in his processing time or even the word order. If he doesn't fully understand the entire sentence and then the story...I think he gets bored and tunes out. It was interesting to me in his speech eval earlier this year that he had trouble understanding "Give the block to me" when he has absolutely no problem at home with "Bring me your cup". I think sentence length and word order are important in his processing.
So, my suggestion to those parents would be to try to have the child familiar with the story that the teacher will be reading. You know how children love to hear a story over and over.
CHRISTOPHER is 12, male and at this age NO they do not just read to them in library for the lenght of the class, way past that stage, KWIM??
Hmmmm I am a bit confused here as in our area they only do that up till Kindy and then Library is much more bout getting books, how to find the book you may want, specials like Authors coming in, signing books and such, Illustrators and bla bla bla. This goes for both the special ed and regular ed and modifications being done with the special ed BUT still not just reading to them as if they have no clue at this age, KWIM
What age group are you talking bout MB that this is going on with?? Inquiring minds would love to know??
Tyler is age 11. From about age 7 to 11 he would have story time in the library for probably 20 to 30 minutes at a time. This year, he is only read to in the classroom and it does not last any longer than 15-20 minutes.
The only behavior problems a couple of years ago would have been him wanting to lay his head in other students laps. No biggie though, he would just be told to sit up.
MB.....I think you're maybe talking about two different things? SSR does stand for SILENT sustained reading.....meaning the youth read to themselves. We do have SSR time, and kids who aren't "into" reading (yep usually boys who struggle with reading, especially reading silently and independantly...staying on track, etc.) struggle with SSR. SSR is a district wide program...through 12th grade in our school.
Mom to Cory (12), Gracie (10) and Jake (5 and has DS)