Helping Your Child With Reading

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    Here are important reading strategies students can use before, during and after reading:


    Before Reading

    Predict what the book is about from the title.  Set a purpose for reading.  Ex.  I am going to read this book because I want to learn more about animals. Take a picture walk through the book.  Ask, What is happening in the pictures?


    During Reading

    -   Visualize - make a movie in your head just like you do when listening to a story.

    -   Question - think about the story, asking yourself who, what, when, where, why, how.

    -   Clarify - understand new words - figure out words using print strategies

    o Use finger to point under each word to keep track of where you are reading

    o Use beginning sounds to figure out words

    o Use ending sounds to figure out words

    o Use pictures on the page to help figure out a word

    o Use word chunks (group of letters in a pattern like _ack, _ight)

    o Look for a smaller word within the word

    o Read to the end of the sentence.  Sometimes the word that makes sense pops right up!

    o Reread the sentence or passage to increase understanding

    -   Make predictions - "What happens next?"

    -   Make connections

    What other story is like this one? (Text to Text Connection)

    o  Have you felt the same away as a character in the story?  Did something similar happen to you? (Text to Self Connection)

    o Does it help you think about something in real life not directly connected to you?  (Text to World Connection)


    After Reading

    -    React - What did you think of the story?

    o How did it make you feel?

    -    Summarize

    o What was most important in the story?  One way to do this is to think:
            ~ Someone
            ~ Did something
            ~ But (there was a problem)
            ~ Then (the problem gets solved)
            ~ Finally (what happened at the end?)