• Ways to Help Your Child With Reading At Home
    Setting the Atmosphere:
    • Help your child find a quiet, comfortable place to read.
    • Read with your child.
    • Read aloud to your child.  Reread favorite stories
    • Discuss the stories you read together.
    • Keep reading time enjoyable and relaxed.
    Responding to Errors in Reading:
    While phonics is an important part of reading, reading for MEANING is the primary goal.  To produce independent readers who monitor and correct themselves as they read, the following prompts are recommended before saying "sound it out."
    • Give your child "wait time" of 5-10 seconds.  See what he/she attempts to do to help him/herself.
    • What would make sense there?
    • What do you think that word could be?
    • Use the picture to help you figure out what the word could be.
    • Go back to the beginning and try again.
    • Skip over it and read to the end of the sentence.  Now what do you think the word is?
    • Put in a word that would make sense there.
    • You read that word before on another page.  See if you can find it.
    • Look at how that word begins.  Start it out and keep reading.
    • If the word ends with a suffix, cover the ending and see if they can figure out the root word.  Tell them to add the ending back onto the word.
    • Tell your child the word. 
    Most important, focus on what your child is doing well and attempting to do.  Remain loving and supportive.