Children should be reading independently for about 15 - 20 minutes every day. Please continue to read with your child or have siblings read to one another as well. This is a special time for your child and he or she will learn so much from you as you read fluently and with expression! Make sure you are modeling good reading habits in your home. Children love to see how their parents are reading various texts in their day to day life too!If your child gets stuck, give them a chance to try and figure it out. If s/he needs help, try out some of the strategies below that we are learning in class:
- Use picture clues to figure out tricky words.
- Say the beginning sound(s).
- Look for word chunks (word families, sight words).
- Skip the word and go back to it.
- Does the word make sense?
-Choose books on topics that interest your child.
-Create a special place in your home for your child to read and write.
-Encourage your child to keep a personal journal. These journals provide wonderful opportunities to write about a reaction they may have had to the story.
-Give gifts of reading materials, this can include books, comics and magazine subscriptions.
-Take writing materials and books with you wherever you go.
-Praise your child for their reading efforts.
The goal of reading is to make meaning of texts, therefore certain steps should be followed through to check your child's comprehension of the reading material. You may want to use these prompts to help assess your child's understanding of the written material.
Before reading a story
Predict what they think the story will be about.
You may want to activate prior knowledge or brainstorm any ideas or experiences that they might have had that are connected to this topic.
Generate some questions that they might want answered in this selection.
Confirm their predictions.
Predict what they think might happen next.
Ask them what happened so far.
Relate new information in the selection to their prior knowledge.
Respond to generated questions.
Retell the story in their own words.
Who were the main characters in the story?
Can you tell me about the characters in the story?
What was the story about?
Where did the story take place?
What was the story problem?
What happened first, next, then, finally (ending)?
How was the problem in the story solved?
What did the author mean when he used the words .?
Did anything like this ever happen to you?
What did you learn form reading the story?
Did you enjoy the book?
What was your favorite part of the story?
Would you recommend this book to a friend or family member? Why?
Would you like to read more books on this topic, or by this author?
What new words did you learn in reading this book?
The following strategies you may find very helpful when working with your child at home.
When your child gets stuck on a particular word, encourage them to ask the following questions:
What makes sense?
Are there word parts I know?
I think the word is _________. Is there a picture to confirm this?
I'll read the sentence again. Does that make sense?