Tips when reading with your child
- Sit side by side.
- Help them sound out the title of the book. Sometimes the title can be hard to read, so help them if needed.
- Have them point to each word as they read it.
- If they get stuck, wait 5 seconds. Then ask them to sound it out (stretch and shrink the word), look at the picture, skip it and come back. Help them with the sounds they do not know. If it is a sight word, tell them it might not sound out quite right and you might have to help them read the word.
- Once they have read the book, explain to them that they are going to read it again slowly and smoothly and focus on comprehension.
- After they have read it a second time, ask 2-5 questions. Some suggestions: What was the book about? What was your favorite part? What was the boy's name in the story? What happened in the beginning of the story? What happened at the end of the story?
- When they are done reading, tell them something positive about their reading. "I liked the way you pointed to each word." "I like how you sounded out words when you got stuck."
- Record the number of correct words from their first time reading. If you helped them read the word, do not count it as a word they read correctly. For the first 10 books, the number of words should be located on the inside front cover. For other books, check the back of the book for the word count.
- When they can read the book with 94% or above accuracy, send the book back to school...they are ready for another one!
Last Modified on August 19, 2020