Ideas for reading at home:
- Pick a cozy spot for reading with limited distractions
- Read to your child and have your child read to you.
- If your child is stuck on an unknown word, ask them to use their reading strategies such as: look at the picture, get your mouth ready, what word could fit? Does your guess look right/sound right?
- Reread an old favorite story. Multiple readings of the same book increases fluency and builds confidence.
- Practice reading in a smooth tone and change your voice to sound like the characters. Have fun with reading!
Questions before, during, and after reading:
- Prior to reading a new story, ask your child what they think may happen. Look at the cover and talk about what they observe. Making predictions sparks interest in reading!
- While reading, pause to ask your child what is happening in the story. How are the characters feeling? Why? What may happen next?
- After reading, ask your child to retell the story. What happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story? What was the problem?How was it solved?
- True understanding lies within our ability to connect to the text: Ask questions such as: Does this story remind you about your life? Have you ever felt like the character(s)? What would you have done if you were in the story?