Strategies to Practice While Reading at Home
· Look at the pictures. Sometimes looking at the pictures can give clues to help the reader figure out the word.
· Get your mouth ready. When stuck on an unknown word, it can be helpful to say the sound of the first letter in the word.
· Does it make sense? It is important to think about what is being read. If it doesn't make sense, go back, read it again, and fix the mistake.
· Does it sound right? Check to see if the word just pronounced sounds correct with the words in the sentence.
· Do the letters look right? When unsure of a word, make sure the sounds pronounced match with the letters of the words.
· Reread. If it doesn't make sense, go back and read it again.
· Discuss it. Close the book and have your child summarize the story.
o Who are the characters?
o What happened in the beginning?
o What happened in the end?
o Where did the story take place?
o What connections did you have while reading the story (text-to self, text-to-text, text-to-world)?
o Why did the author write this book?
· Read Fluently. Fluency develops by reading books that are below his / her reading level. Reading should sound like talking. Therefore, it is important to keep and read books that your child brought home a few weeks or even months earlier.