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Reading/Comprehension assistance request (Grade: 4)

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Hi - my son's is in grade 4. He tracks to NWEP of 231 currently. I have started him on MCT program - level 1 and he's liking it. At school, he's good.

 

Issues I have been told and noticed: He tends to read diligently however when writing down the questions, he tends to write them down as fast as possible, effectively making grammar mistakes, too short sentences or vice versa (run-away sentences) or miss critical details.

 

As I work with him to slow down, I want to engage with him via some work book which will guide him. MCT program has practice island but its different. I also have the Mud Trilogy but currently could not figure out how to use it to achieve the above objective. 

 

Now - he'll also appear in SAGES-2 Grade 4 exam next year, June. Keeping that into perspective along with BAU work I wanted to tackle both together. Can someone recommend to me any books/worksheets where reading & comprehension is sufficiently challenging and fits also the things they check as part of SAGES-2 Language Arts tests? Somewhere they recommended Reading Detective 1. Using this as an example - what else can be used? Of course, if this book is good - I'll go for it. Oh : 1 have quite a large # of "Action" magazines (old copies). 

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Hello - please excuse my insistence here, especially since all of you are actually working or busy and myself hate it when someone writes "any feedback" but whenever you get the time it'll be really great if you can provide some feedback please?

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Reading detective is good. But the worksheets mostly practice skills.

 

To build skills, I found Reading & Reasoning by EPS very good.

 

 

Reading comp programs on this board are something of an anathema. Just so you know. :)

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I'm personally unfamiliar with most of the things you've mentioned in your post - NWEP, SAGES-2, BAU, "Action" magazines. I've heard of MCT and Reading Detective, but I haven't used them myself, so I can't really comment on those at all. 

 

I don't use any workbooks for reading comprehension. I just talk with my kids about what they've read. I've tried developing my own worksheets or using some that I purchased to go along with particular novels, and while the resources have been good, they've been...overkill? for my kids. They just become an Extra Thing We Have To Do, instead of being particularly useful, if that makes sense. 

 

I don't consider reading comp programs anathema ;), but I have learned that they're not a good fit for us at this particular time. So I feel like I don't really have anything helpful to say in response to your post, but I'm responding anyway so you know you're not being ignored. :)

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I'm not sure what skills you want to work on, especially as I'm not familiar with the tests that you mention. Reading comprehension? Close reading skills? Writing skills?

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I'm not sure what skills you want to work on, especially as I'm not familiar with the tests that you mention. Reading comprehension? Close reading skills? Writing skills?

 

In terms of issues:

 

  • Run-on sentences. Read a passage then attempts answering certain questions. 
  • Ensuring all the critical details are captured within the text which is subsequently asked for, in the questions/exercises.
  • Inferences

I am looking for very good practice materials. I have an awesome person with years of experience helping him and he has improved a lot as a result but I need excellent workbooks/worksheets which are challenging enough. I got a recommendation for Reading Detective level 1 but prior to purchasing wanted your good opinion. 

As a guide, we use MCT level 1 program to build his language arts and language perception skills.

 

 

Reading detective is good. But the worksheets mostly practice skills.

 

To build skills, I found Reading & Reasoning by EPS very good.

 

 

Reading comp programs on this board are something of an anathema. Just so you know. :)

 

Thank you. Will definitely look into it.

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In terms of issues:

 

  • Run-on sentences. Read a passage then attempts answering certain questions.
  • Ensuring all the critical details are captured within the text which is subsequently asked for, in the questions/exercises.
  • Inferences

Reading Detective will most help with the second item on your list, I believe. There is a book called Inference Jones that is meant to directly help with learning inferences. I think continuing to work with MCT is your best option for the run-on sentences.

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