What reading strategies can I use with my child at home?
It is important to read to and read with your child. Encourage your child to read to you as well!
In addition to reading the words, have a book talk with your child! Here are some ideas:
Have your child look at the front cover and the back cover. Ask: What do you think this book might be about?
Take a picture walk by looking through the pictures together. Discuss what you see.
In the middle of the book, stop and have your child to do a quick retell of what has happened so far in the story.
Ask: What is the problem in the story? What should the character do to solve the problem?
Stop and talk about how the character might be feeling and why.
Do a retell about the beginning, the middle, and the end.
Ask: What was the solution of the story? (How was the problem solved?)
Did your child like the story? Why or why not?
Read the title. What does your child already know about the topic?
Have your child look at the front cover and the back cover.
Read the chapter titles in the Table of Contents. What might each chapter be about?
Take a picture walk by looking through the photographs together. Discuss what you see, especially any new ideas.
In the middle of the book, stop and have your child name some facts about the topic based upon the book.
What new information did your child learn about the topic?
What questions does your child have and want to learn more about?