some things you can do to help your child become a successful reader!
- Read to and with
your child every day. Even older children love to be read to!
- Ask your child to read to
- When you read aloud to
your child, read with expression. This modeling is very effective in
helping young readers hear how it should sound.
- Ask questions
about what is being read to make sure your child understands what they
are reading. Ask them how they book relates to things they know or
things in their own life (making connections).
- Revisit familiar and
favorite stories often! Reading repetitions help children become
- Make sure your child has
access to books and lots of them. Visit the library, plan book swaps
with other families, ask about lending libraries from the classroom
teacher, participate in school book clubs- the prices are great! Give
books as gifts and ask others to give them as well. Offer to get a
magazine subscription for your child. Everyone loves to get mail!
- Start a book club with
your child (and other family members). Everyone reads the same book.
Designate a day once a week to discuss the book. Put out some snacks,
comfy pillows and blankets and share your thoughts about the book. Take
turns reading aloud. If you and your family members are crafty making a
book related project can be a great way to extend the learning! Try
turning the book into a mini-play or puppet show!
- Make sure your child has
a quiet place to read. Invite them in helping create this space.
- Make reading a
priority in your home. If you read, your children will want to
Your Child Comes To An Unknown Word
Often we tell
children to "sound out" unknown words. Often this is successful
and the word is decoded. When sounding it out doesn't work, someone (an
adult or a friend) usually
tells what the word is and the reader continues.
sounding out doesn't work, the reader needs to have other strategies in
their tool box to help figure out unknown words.
Guess the Covered Word Strategy
Four-Blocks Literacy Model developed by Pat Cunningham and Dorothy Hall)
This is a
strategy we practice in class. It teaches students to ask three questions
when they find an unknown word. Cover the word to keep you place (use
your finger or a small sticky paper).
Other Things To Try
seconds to see what attempts are made. Ask: "What would make sense
- Use the picture
to help figure out the word.
- Skip the word
and continue reading to end of line or sentence.
- Go back and read
- If the word was
on a previous page, go back and try to find it
- Look for a
smaller word in a big one.
- Cover the ending
(-ed, -ing) with your finger and try word.
- Look how the
word begins. Let the sound "pop" right out.
- Help with
blending (sounding it out).
- Tell the word
and keep on reading.
important that children learn to use these strategies independently. When
your child "figures out" a word, you might ask how he/she did it. Telling
about their reading strategies helps to reinforce learning and