How to help your child with reading...
*Encourage reading at home for at least 20 minutes each day.
*Ask your child what he or she is reading about and offer to read with or to your child.
*Celebrate your child’s success with reading.
*Provide your child with a variety of reading materials (newspapers, magazines, books, letters, etc.)
*Help your child find a cozy spot to read.
*Read stories aloud to expose your child to good writers and writing. This will benefit your child as a reader and a writer.
*Encourage your child to use these "Good Reader" Strategies when reading...
- predict--guess ahead before they read and while they are reading
- infer-read between the lines and use clues fro the text to make their own decisions
- make connections--think of things they know about or have experienced to make text to self, text to text, or text to world connections when reading
- question--ask questions about information they don't understand or wonder about
- visualize-- create pictures in their minds of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch
- determine important information--choose what should be remembered
- summarize and synthesize--say what they have read in their own words
- monitor and repair understanding--stop when confused and use strategies to help make sense of the reading
*Visit the International Reading Association website (http://www.reading.org) for more reading resources for students from preschool to teenage years.