Talking about books and reading is an important part of your child's learning. Below are some questions to help you get started in conversations about books and reading. It is important that your child read daily at home. The questions below will support the things we are doing in school.
Why did you choose this book?
What do you think will happen next? Which part of the text makes you think that?
Does this book remind you of anything that has ever happened to you?
What have you been wondering as you read this?
Does this book make you think of anything else you have read?
Were there any words or phrases in your reading that you really liked? Which ones?
What has been your favorite part of the book so far? Why?
Was there a part of the book that surprised you? Why?
Would you like to read another book by this author? Why or why not?
Can you think of someone else you know who would like this book? Why?
Is this book too hard, too easy, or just right for you? How do you know?
Were there any places in the book that had you confused? Did you reread to understand?
Please keep in mind that reading is a strategic process. Predicting, making mistakes, self-correcting and confirming are part of the process. Particularly with emergent and beginning readers, familiarity, repetition and rhyme help children become successful readers.
Here are a few ideas to use in supporting your child's reading:
You may need to read the book to your child first or read along with her or him.
Encourage your child to point to those words and use the beginning and last letters and pictures when reading.
Talk about the story. Ask your child to predict what the story might be about and what might happen next.
When your child comes to a word he or she does not know, suggest rereading the first part of the sentence, looking at the picture, and/or using the beginning and ending sounds.
Ask the questions "Does it make sense?", "Does it sound right?", "Does the beginning sound of the word match the word you think it is?"
It is okay to tell your child a word when he or she is stuck.
Some children want their parents to spend a lot of time with them. Others want to work more independently. Follow your child's lead.