How Can I Help My Child with Reading?
  • Ask questions to prompt strategic reading behaviors within, beyond and about the text
  • Establish time and provide a variety of materials for your child to read.
  • Continue to read aloud to and with your child.
  • Take time to discuss the interesting books you and your child have read.
  • Model reading by reading a variety of materials yourself, such as newspapers, magazines, schedules, etc.
  • Discuss the purpose of different text types, such as fiction, letters, newspaper articles, journals, etc.
  • Share and discuss articles, diagrams, charts, illustrations, and maps with your child.
  • Explain what you do, how you do it, and why you do it as you read.
  • Ask your child open-ended questions that cannot be answered with a simple word, a single phrase, or sentence. (Why? How do you know? Explain … Tell me about ... Give me examples.)
  • Ensure that your child reads independently each day at a comfortable reading level (not too hard or easy in terms of subject matter and content).
  • Variety = different genres (not just one series but informational, biographies, historical fiction, fantasy etc...)
  • Comfortable reading level = just right

Choosing Just Right Books
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