Read, Read, Read!!!
Learning to read doesn’t just happen at school – it happens at home, too!
You don’t have to be a teacher to help your child become a better reader. Here are some simple things you can do to help:
- Preview the book. Look at the pictures. Skim through the book, looking at chapter titles and headings. Talk about what you see.
- Predict what you think will happen. Get the brain thinking and ready to read!
- Ask specific questions. Give your child something to look for while they’re reading.
- Stop and talk about what you’ve read.
- Ask questions like “What just happened here?”
- Make connections to your own life like “I loved when the kids played baseball in the yard. It reminds me of when I used to play baseball growing up.”
- Talk about your predictions. Change them and/or make new ones.
- Talk about the story. “What was your favorite part?” “Did you like this book? Why?” “Did you like the way it ended or would you have written it differently?”
- Respond to the story. Draw a picture, act it out, or write what happens next.
- Let your child choose what he/she wants to read – comics, magazines and newspapers count, too! Go to the public library to check out books.
- Read out loud to your child, and let him/her see you reading for fun as well.
- Make reading meaningful – your child can help by reading directions to a game, a recipe, or looking up information on a place you are going to visit.
- It’s ok to read the same thing over and over again. In fact, it’s a great way to become a better reader!
- Talk to your child frequently. It improves their vocabulary and builds essential background knowledge.