Building Good Reading Strategies
Research in the area of reading has provided overwhelming evidence that reading with your children for at least 15 minutes a day makes a huge difference in developing reading skills. To help make those 15 minutes more meaningful, here are some hints and ideas you can use when you read with your children.
What to do when your child is stuck on a word:
- Remind your child to look at the picture for clues.
- Prompt him to "get his mouth ready" (make the sounds for the beginning letters of the word.)
- Have him look for chunks of the word that are familiar (for example, the at in mat, the –ing in looking).
- Prompt him to think about what words would make sense.
- Have him go back and reread the whole sentence.
Once he has made a guess, have him check it. Does it look and sound right? Does it make sense?
Questions to ask to develop comprehension skills:
- Who are the characters in the story?
- What is the setting? Where & when does the story take place?
- What is the problem in the story? What is the solution?
- What was your favorite part of the story? WHY?
- Choose one character. Why is that character important?
- What is another way the story could have ended?
- Would you recommend this book to a friend? WHY?
- Were you able to guess the ending? What clues helped you?