Road Map To Reading. Tips For Working With Your Child At Home. Learning to read is kind of like learning to ride a bike. Most children learn to read in stages and need support and encouragement during each stage. You wouldn’t put a toddler on a ten speed bike!.
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Tips For Working With Your Child At Home
Most children learn to read in stages and need support and encouragement during each stage.
You wouldn’t put a toddler
on a ten speed bike!
Read to your child.
Studies show that a child who has been read to
grasps the idea that print contains a message.
Reading stories exposes your child to the language of books, which can be different from the language of conversation.
Being read to provides a sense of closeness, makes wonderful memories, and can also be calming for children and adults.
Read road signs, store names, cereal boxes.
Read books. Visit the public library to find books or read books that your child brings home from school.
Have your child read a page or two. Count on your fingers the number of errors he or she makes.
If your child makes 5 or more errors, the book is too difficult.
Before your child begins reading a book, ask him to look at the pictures in the book.
Have him tell you what he thinks couldbe happening in the story. This will get his mind ready to think about what he will be reading.
Memorizing is an early part of children’s reading development. Beginning readers match their speech to the printed words.
Memorizing a phrase that repeats is a helpful strategy because the reader can now focuson the parts of the text that change.
A child’s memory for text builds fluency and helps him read smoothly.
Experts have learned that good readers check the picture for clues to the story.
Teachers encourage children to
look at the pictures.
Knowing the sounds letters make is very important, but sounding out every word would make reading tiresome. While sounding out can be helpful for some unknown words, some words are easier to figure out if you know a part or chunk of them.
fl+at = flat
The word “flat” has the little word “at” in it.
You can use the part you know to help you figure out the rest of the word.
Good readers use many different strategies to figure out unknown words.
Reading should be fun!
The more a child reads, the better his reading becomes.
When A Child Reads…
Some Answers To Your Questions
By Denise Worthington
ISBN 1-880612-65-8 SE2658