Reading Strategies

Reading Strategies

Reading:
Learning to read takes practice.  Loving to read takes enthusiasm.  So read with your child often and create a sense of enjoyment, wonder, and even a passion for reading.
Here are some easy, practical ways you can increase your child's skills and love for reading.

*Read with your child every day possible.  Give children something to look forward to by reading to them every day at the same time.
*Have your youngster read out loud to you.  Listen carefully and make sure to praise your child's reading.
*Take turns reading--you read a section then have your child read the next section.

When Your Child Comes To An Unknown Word:
Parents will tell a child to “sound out” an unknown word.
Frequently that prompt is successful and the word is decoded. 
When sounding it out doesn’t work, adults usually tell the word and the reading continues. Our goal is to help children become independent readers.  
Here are some alternative suggestions 
for parents to use when your child confronts an unknown word:
*Wait 5-10 sec. to see what attempts are made.
* Ask:
“What would make sense there?”
*Use the picture to help figure out the word.
*Skip the word and continue reading to the end of the sentence.
*Go back and read the sentence again.*If the word was on a previous page, go back and try to find it.
*Look for a smaller word in a big one. (chunk)
*Cover the ending (-ed, -ing) with your finger and try the word.
*Look how the word begins.
*Help with blending (sounding it out).
*Tell the word and keep on reading.
*It is important that children learn to use these strategies
independently. When your child “figures out” a word, you might
ask how he/she did it. Telling about their reading helps to
reinforce learning. Always praise their effort!!!