4 Why is it important for my child to read? Being able to read is fundamental to function in today’s society.Reading develops the mind.Through reading, we discover new things. In essence, we can educate ourselves.Reading develops the imagination.
6 Becoming a reader does not occur overnight Becoming a reader does not occur overnight. Rather, children need regular and active interactions with print.A beginning reader should spend at least 15 minutes a day reading to someone and listening to someone read to him/her.
8 First things first. Cuddle up and look at the cover together First things first. Cuddle up and look at the cover together. Talk about what the book might be about. Read the title and look at the picture.
9 Don’t start reading yet. Look through the book – every page Don’t start reading yet! Look through the book – every page. Talk about the pictures. Point out the words your child might not know and match them to the picture if possible.
10 If your child is reading books in levels 1or 2: Read the book to your child next. Point to the words as you read.Invite your child to read the book with you. Point to the words as you read with your child.Have your child read the book on his/her own. Make sure he/she points to the words while reading.
11 If your child is reading books in levels 3 or higher: Ask your child to read the book to you.
12 PRAISE your child. Be honest and specific when you use praise: If your child makes a mistake or gets muddled while reading, you can follow the 3 P’s:PAUSE (for 3 seconds)Let your child try to solve the problem alone. If he/she still can’t read the word, then you can…PROMPT by saying:Let’s try that again. Think of a word that makes sense and looks like that.If he/she still can’t read the word, give the correct word and have your child repeat the word in the context of the sentence.PRAISE your child. Be honest and specific when you use praise:I like the way you went back and fixed that up.You read that smoothly.
13 More Reading Prompts EAGLE EYE LIPS THE FISH Look at the picture for clues.LIPS THE FISHGet your lips ready and say the first few sounds.CHUNKY MONKEYLook for a chunk or a word part you know.TRYIN’ LIONReread the sentence and think about what would make sense and look like that.FLIPPY DOLPHINFlip the letter sound if it doesn’t sound right.
14 After Reading Ask your child to: Talk about what he/she read. Answer “why”questions (Why do think…?).Make connections to text (What did you like? What does it remind you of?).
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