Starting in January, your child will receive a home copy of his / her leveled reading book. Please find a place in your home to keep all of the books so your child can read them on a daily basis. Your child’s reading progress will be directly impacted by the amount of time your child reads at home.
Strategies to Practice While Reading at Home
· Look at the pictures. Often looking at the pictures gives a child an idea of what the words are about and will give him / her context to make a good guess at an unknown word.
· Get your mouth ready. If a child is reading comes to an unknown word, he / she should begin by saying the sound of the first letter and sometimes, the word will just pop right out!
· Does it make sense? Students always want to make sure that what they read makes sense. If it doesn't, they need to try another strategy.
· Does it sound right? As the child reads, the words should sound right in the sentence. If not the child should try again or use another strategy.
· Do the letters look right? If a child makes a guess at an unknown word, he needs to go back and make sure that the letters in the word match the guess.
· Reread. Any time the words don't make sense, the child needs to reread to clarify so that he understands what the words say.
· 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 texts 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.