Reading at Home

Here are a few things you can do to help your child develop as a reader:

  • Introduce your child to a variety of literature in different genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Get to know your child’s interests so you can provide books that are interesting and entertaining; books your child will want to read over and over again!
  • Read aloud to your child everyday to model fluency and expression.  Make reading a priority by including time for reading in your daily routine.
  • Talk about your thinking while reading.  Make connections between life and story.  “This book reminds me of a time…” or “This part makes me think of …”
  • Discuss new and interesting vocabulary words as they come up in the story.  Keep a list of new words on a chart or in a journal.
  • Let your child share some of the reading (when comfortable) out loud.  You read a page or a paragraph, then it is your child’s turn.  Do not push if there is frustration however, you always want reading to be fun and relaxing!
  • Help your child to decode unknown words: sound it out, skip it and come back to it, use clues from the story, or use the picture if there is one.
  • Ask your child to retell the story (or chapter) when finished.  What happened at the beginning, middle, and end?  Have your child keep a reading response journal to record reactions to stories and to keep track of the plot, characters and setting.
  • Encourage your child to revisit familiar books, rereading until smooth and fluent.
  • Talk about the stories you read as well as those your child reads.

Here are some good questions to ask when a story is complete:

  • Who were the characters in the story?  The main character?
  • What was the setting of the story?
  • What was the problem in the story?  The solution?
  • Why did the author write the story?

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