Tips for reading with your child

(This has also been added to Readers’ Workshop post section at the top)

Throughout the year I will post a few updates about what you as parents can do to assist your child.

For the first few weeks our goal is to help them to love reading. We will be learning how to pick a “just right book” throughout the year, although sometimes they may still come home with books that are to hard for them (especially towards the beginning when any book is ok at the moment).

Here are some ideas of what you can do to help them at home. Some tips can be exchanged between each group but tried to organize them a little to help.

If they don’t know most the words
Read the pictures – have them describe in detail what is happening in the pictures and see if you can see any words that match (if there is a pizza in the picture look for that word)

We will start something called a picture walk soon which is where we go through the pictures and tell our own story.

Have them pick out words they do know such as simple sight words: a, the, at, home, etc.

Feel free to read the book along with them pointing to the words and maybe helping them sound out easy to read words.

If they know some words

Have the read the words they can and use strategies such as sounding it out, looking for word patterns, using the picture, etc. Whatever tools they are most comfortable with when coming upon a hard to read word. We will be going over new strategies throughout the year that will help them with this as well.

If they know all the words 

Encourage them to read the book once, and again to see if they notice anything different. Also ask questions listed below.

Additional skills/questions to ask them

Connect prior knowledge – Ask them what they already know about the subject before they open the book.

Make a prediction – Ask them what they think will happen next.

Connections – Ask them questions such as do you have any connections (Have you been to a park like that?)

Retelling – Have them retell important parts of the story

Characters – Have them describe or tell about the traits of characters in the story.