Reinforcing Reading At Home

  • Ideas for Reinforcing Reading at Home

    Read many books daily with your child. Children love to hear their favorite stories read over and over again. Your child will have the opportunity to check out a book from our school library each week and as you may know, the local public library is always available as well. Nothing is more beneficial than a simple ritual of sharing good stories together before bedtime. This cozy and interactive routine will do more to foster literacy than anything else.

    Before Reading: - Do what it is called "picture-walking" with books before you read them. - Have your child use the pictures to talk his/her way through the book, and see if he/she can gather some of the meaning before you actually read it.

    When You're Reading to your Child: - Make sure the child can see the pictures easily. - Use plenty of expression, reading in a natural speaking voice. - Encourage the child to predict what might happen next as the story develops. - As you read, point to each word, sliding your finger along the text. This teaches children how print works from top to bottom and left to right. When you're Reading with your Child: - Begin reading the story to your child at a speed your child is comfortable with. As you read, your child will begin to pick up on the pattern and read with you. - Encourage your child to point to each work, sliding a finger from word to word. When your child comes to a difficult word: - Have them look at the picture and ask what word would make sense. - Have them look at the beginning letter of the word and ask what word would make sense that begins with that sound? - Then ask them to try to reread the whole sentence again and see if you can think of a word that makes sense.

    When your Child is Reading: - Your child may need you to introduce the story by reading aloud initially. - Once your child feels comfortable reading, enjoy listening to them read. - Try to hold back on correcting them as they are reading. It's important that they feel that they are succeeding. Questions to Ask After Reading - Can you retell the story in your own words? - Were there any surprises? - What did you like best about the character? - What did you like about the ending? - Did the story remind you of any things that have happened to you?