• Building Good Reading Strategies


    Research in the area of reading has provided overwhelming evidence that reading with your children for at least 15 minutes a day makes a huge difference in developing reading skills. To help make those 15 minutes more meaningful, here are some hints and ideas you can use when you read with your children.


    What to do when your child is stuck on a word:

    1. Remind your child to look at the picture for clues.
    2. Have him/her look for chunks of the word that are familiar (for example, the -ing in looking).
    3. Prompt him/her to think about what word would make sense.
    4. Have him/her go back and reread the whole sentence.
    5. Prompt him/her to "get his/her mouth ready"(make the sounds for the beginning letters of the word.)
    6. Once he/she has made a guess, have him/her check it. Does it look and sound right? Does it make sense?

    Questions to ask to develop comprehension skills:

    1. Who are the characters in the story?
    2. What is the setting? Where & when does the story take place?
    3. What is the problem in the story? What is the solution?
    4. What was your favorite part of the story? WHY?
    5. Choose one character.  What is one thing the character did and why is that character important?
    6. What is another way the story could have ended?
    7. Would you recommend this book to a friend? WHY?
    8. Were you able to guess the ending? What clues helped you?