Stretch & Catch is an easy method that I have developed to help all children learn to read. This book is designed to be an easy guide for teachers to teach their students the Stretch & Catch method at each student’s instructional level.
WHY STRETCH & CATCH?
Stretch & Catch is designed to have the student use his/her own fingers to help them visualize a pattern within a word. In order to learn how to read, a student must understand how words work. By learning how to Stretch & Catch words, your students will use many of their senses to see how words are pulled apart and then put back together. Stretch & Catch follows a technique that allows the adult to teach a child how to read & spell while using their fingers to Stretch (sound out the word by raising one finger at a time, per sound) and then Catch by pulling his/her fingers back together and quickly saying the word. In order for your students to use this strategy as a reading strategy, they must be able to look at a word, identify the pattern he/she sees within the word, then Stretch the word to hear all of the sounds within that word, and finally Catch the word to be able to identify what word he/she Stretched.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
The text is designed to be used in conjunction with Teach Your Child To Read In Less Than 10 Minutes A Day! Stretch & Catch Words. When using this book, the Common Core State Standards will guide you through the standards that are appropriate for the grade you are teaching. Each chapter will begin with a five day lesson plan that is to be used for every Feature within that chapter. Each Feature is designed to last two weeks. Students should only move to the next Feature when he/she scores an 80% or higher on the spelling test. If a child is still struggling with a Feature after two weeks, you can continue working on that Feature with the student.
Chapters five and seven are interchangeable. Some teachers prefer teaching Other Common Long Vowels right after teaching Long Vowels (vCe). If you prefer to teach Long Vowels (vCe), R-Controlled Vowels, Diphthongs and then Other Common Long Vowels, you may.
HOW TO PLACE STUDENTS IN THE CORRECT FEATURE
Before you begin teaching your students any Feature within this book, you will need to test the students on their Features. A Feature test can be found in Teach Your Child To Read In Less Than 10 Minutes A Day! Stretch & Catch Words or you can use another Feature test that your school has developed. You will need to place students in the first Feature where they scored 70% or less. Students should only move on to the next Feature when they have a score of 80% or higher. Classes should be divided into separate groups depending on each student’s instructional level.
HOW TO USE THE READ IT MYSELF & WRITE IT MYSELF BOOKS
Each Feature will contain two books for the students to work on during the two week time period. These books should be copied and placed in a 3-ring binder or folder with prongs for the students to use. Students will only complete the parts of each book that have been introduced by the teacher. Both books should be completed before moving on to the next Feature.
HOW TO USE THE SORTS
Each week your students will also have sorts that follow the Feature in which they are working. These sorts are very important for the students to use. At the end of each week, the students will be given a spelling test to see how well they have understood each Feature.
HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS
I have not included my high frequency words in this book. You can find my high frequency words (which I refer to as The Word List words) to use with your classroom at www.stretchandcatch.com. High frequency words are extremely important because they tend to be irregular and are not able to be sounded out or because they appear so frequently in text that your students should know the word automatically. High frequency words can make up 50%-60% of your students’ reading. If your students are fluent and automatic with high frequency words, they will be less frustrated while reading.