Parent Tips for Reading
How to help your child with reading...
*Encourage reading at home for at least 25 minutes each day.
*Ask your child what he or she is reading about and offer to read with or to your child.
*Celebrate your child’s success with reading.
*Provide your child with a variety of reading materials (newspapers, magazines, books, letters, etc.)
*Help your child find a cozy spot to read.
*Read stories aloud to expose your child to good writers and writing. This will benefit your child as a reader and a writer.
*Encourage your child to use these "Good Reader" Strategies when reading...
predict--guess ahead before they read and while they are reading
infer-read between the lines and use clues from the text to make their own decisions
make connections--think of things they know about or have experienced to make text to self, text to text, or text to world connections when reading
question--ask questions about information they don't understand or wonder about
visualize-- create pictures in their minds of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch
determine important information--choose what should be remembered
summarize and synthesize--say what they have read in their own words
monitor and repair understanding--stop when confused and use strategies to help make sense of the reading
*Visit the International Reading Association website (http://www.reading.org) for more reading resources for students from preschool to teenage years.
Reading Activities for Home
1. Make letters/words in shaving cream, playdough, or sand.
2. Make words with magnetic letters on the refrigerator.
3. Make words by cutting out letters from a newspaper or magazine.
4. Have your child tell you a simple sentence. Write it down, cut out each word, and then have your child put the sentence back together.
5. Read signs, posters, and labels at the grocery store, restaurants, etc.
6. Read to your child each night. Ask him or her questions about the story.
7. Visit the local library.
8. Label objects around the house. Have your child read them to you.