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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 read the books that are sent home.




Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
129 Curtis Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500

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