Reading with your child
- Establish a routine so that there is time for your child to read with you as well as time for reading to your child.
- Show interest in what your child wants to read to you.
- Beginning readers need to use their finger to point to words as they read.
- Be supportive, giving “wait time” for your child to figure out tricky words.
- Beginning readers may want you to read to them first before they try to read the selection alone the second time through. This works well for some children.
- Encourage children to use the following strategies in the following order when they come to words that they don’t know:
- look at the picture for a clue.
- skip the unknown word and read to the end of the sentence,
- go back and re-read to see what word would make sense, sound right and start with the same letter.
- ask for help.
- Encourage your child to re-read stories in order to develop fluency and expression.
Reading to your child
- Establish a routine with a set time and place, and stick to it as much as possible.
- Relax and chose a comfortable spot for reading.
- Let your child choose the book.
- Glance through the book together before you read. Talk about the title, author and pictures.
- Be sure that your child can see the pictures and follow the print. Snuggle up.
- Have the story come to life by using expression. Enjoy this time together.
- Let your child:
- help hold the book.
- turn the pages.
- look at and talk about the pictures with you.
- read with you or fill in words and phrases that he/she knows. This works especially well with a rhyming book.
- ask you questions along the way. Listening to you read and asking questions helps a child figure out how the world works.
- listen to a favourite book over and over.
- When the book is finished, have a chat about what the story was about.
– Erica Schubart, primary/resource/LA teacher, Port Alberni
What memories do you have of reading to your children?? We would love to hear them!!