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    Please read with your child every night for 15-20 minutes. They are learning to read and will love reading to you. Make sure they are reading books that are at their reading level. You can get this information from me as they learn to read in the next several months. You reading to them is just as important. They need to hear what fluent reading sounds like every day. The more text and vocabulary your child is exposed to, the more successful they will be in reading and writing. If you have time for nothing else in your day, please find the time to read together!

     

    Here are some ways to keep a single story fresh ALL DAY!

    1. Mom or dad reads the story first

    2. Discuss: What is the title? Who is the author? Who is the illustrator? What do each of these people do?

    3. Have your child point to each word as they read.

    4. Find the letter of the week in the story.

    5. Find the sight word of the week in the story.

    6. Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story.

    7. Choose a word that repeats in the story to clap on.

    8. Take turns reading (mom reads a page then you read a page).

    9. Change the pitch and tone of your voice to fit the different characters in the story.

    10.Act out the story with your family.

    11. Help your child find the spaces between the words.

    12. Count the words in the sentences.

    13. Retell the story to the person who is reading to you. Remember beginning, middle, and end.

    Can you think of more to add to our list?

     
    Questions to ask your child when you read together.

     

    1.  Point to the title of the book.

    2. Show me the front cover of the book.

    3. Show me the back cover of the book.

    4. Point to the Author’s name.

    5. What is the Author’s job?

    6. Point to the illustrator’s name.

    7. What is the illustrator’s job?

    Decoding Strategies

    When helping your child read at home, several strategies may be used to aid in decoding unknown words.
     
    1. Tell the child to look at the picture.  You may tell the child the word is something that can be seen in the picture, if that is the case.
    2. Tell the child to look for chunks in the word, such as it in sit, at in mat, or and and ing in standing.
    3. Ask the child to get his/her mouth reading to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning letter.
    4. As the child if the word looks like another word he/she knows.  Does bed look like red?, for example.
    5. If the child says the wrong word while reading, ask questions like
    Does it make sense?
    Does it sound right?
    Does it look right?