Tips For Parents
Read TO Your Child
- Read from a variety of reading materials (magazines, non-fiction books, poetry, manuals that require following directions, etc.).
- Make it a habit to visit the public library.
- As you read to your child, keep them involved.
- Have your child make predictions or invite comments as the story events unfold.
- Share your thoughts about the story and encourage your child to respond to your comments.
Have your child write about the story. The child can draw a picture of his favorite part and then write about it.
Read WITH Your Child
Listen to your child read to you. If what your child reads doesn't make sense, repeat it to him and ask, "Does that make sense?"
- Allow your child to read familiar stories over and over again. This builds confidence, fluency, and a sight word vocabulary.
- Allow your child to read easier books. This fosters the enjoyment of reading. This also allows the child to retain the content of the story, because they don’t have to put so much effort into decoding words.
- Share the reading. Have your child read a page and you read the next.
- Before reading a new book, have your child preview the book by reading the title and looking at the illustrations. Have him tell you what he thinks the story will be about.
- After reading, discuss the story with your child. Ask your child about his favorite part, or something interesting that he learned from the story.
- Encourage older children to summarize what they have read.
- Have your child write about the story. Ask younger children to draw a picture of his favorite part and then add a sentence that tells what is happening in the picture. Have older children respond to a particular event giving and justifying opinions.
When Your Child Is Stuck On A Word
- Give your child "wait" time. Allow your child to work through a difficult word before stepping in. Your "wait" time provides needed processing time and sends your child the message that you EXPECT him to try something.
- After providing wait time, try some of these prompts:
- Check the picture (if there is something in the picture to help).
- Start the sentence over and think what would make sense and look right.
- Does that word remind you of another word? (knowing OUT can help you read SPROUT)
- Don't feel that your child must correct all errors. Even adult readers make mistakes. Praise what your child does well.
Last Modified on January 3, 2008