At Home Reading Comprehension Tips! J
· Have a regular story time before or after meals or at bedtime. It will help relax and calm your child.
· Look at the book cover together. Use the words “front cover,” “back cover,” “title” “author”, “illustrator,” “top,” “bottom,” etc. You will expose your child to reading vocabulary.
· Look at the pictures or title on the cover. Can your child predict what the story will be about? You will help him use pictures or contextual clues for reading comprehension.· Read the title page together. You will do it quickly, but reading together will help your child learn the format of the book.· If your child is struggling with any sight words, you may wish to look at one page in the book and have your child locate any words or letters he recognizes. You could play a game. You will help them with word identification.· After you reach a dramatic point in the plot of the story, you may wish to stop and ask your child to predict what he thinks will happen next, working on a new ending for the story together, or finish reading the story. Again, your child will use contextual clues for reading comprehension. For an added writing activity, have them write an alternate ending to the story!· Don’t forget to read the story purely for enjoyment. Talk about it afterwards and stretch your child’s creativity and imagination by asking such questions as “How would you feel if that happened to you?” “Do you wish you could try that?”· Try telling your child a story. He will learn to listen carefully as there will be no pictures to serve as clues. Ask your child to tell you a story and try writing it down and reading it back to him. You could also pretend to play out a favorite story of your child’s. You could be Little Red Riding Hood and have your child play the Grandmother.
At Home Fluency Tips! J· Read at home on a regular basis· Practice sight words, (words that don’t follow phonetic rules such as: there, their, would, because.) Play “Memory” with these word cards or have your child make words with plastic letters.· Do a Quick-Write. Ask your child to write words that he or she can spell or read correctly. After one minute, count the words and have your child read them to you. Set a goal for improvement.· Choose a story for the week. Time a one minute sample. Count the number of words read correctly in that one minute sample. Help your child set a realistic goal, (2-3 words) to improve. Start at the same point the next day and time for one minute again. Repeat every few days. Acknowledge improvement.· Read-A-Loud to your child and model fluent and expressive reading for your child.· Tape record your child’s reading of a story, play it back and discuss how it sounds.· REREAD, REREAD, REREAD TEXT!