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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


February 15, 2010

Q:   I keep hearing the term "reading genres." What is a genre, exactly?

A:   Books are divided into two major groups: fiction and nonfiction. Beyond that,
there are many "genres"-or types-of books. At school, kids learn about popular
genres, such as historical fiction, poetry, biographies, mysteries,
autobiographies and more. Talk with your child about them. Which ones
interest him/her more?  Source:  "Reading Genre Definitions," Book Nuts
Reading Club, www.booknutsreadingclub.com/genrelist.html.

Solve reading issues together—

  Teachers are experts at helping children through reading assignments. If your
child has trouble reading at home, ask the teacher about:

*Tricks that can help your child figure out words, such as looking at nearby
pictures, thinking of similar words and noticing familiar parts of words.

*Reading goals for your child. Discuss how to choose reading materials for your
child-and the best ways to support his/her success. Source: "Helping your
child learn to read-A parent's guide," Ontario Ministry of Education,
www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/ earlyreading/index.html#teacher.

These are a few ways to help your child with reading. If you have other questions, or are in need of books for your child at home, please contact Cassie Miller-Parent Educator. I will be able to assist you in getting some books at home for your child's enjoyment and helping you find the answers to your questions. Feel free to call or email me at Dubois between the hours of 8AM and 4PM.

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends:  They are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."  -Charles W. Eliot

Cassie Miller
Dubois Elementary
ph (217) 525-3204
fax (217) 788-6538