Sometimes children believe that reading is something that you should know how to do one day and not skills learned with years of practice! Help your child become a reader by reading to, and listening to, your child. You as a reader: Model fluent reading as well as reading like a beginning reader. Think out loud so your child can hear your thoughts.
- Tappy Turtle: Tap out/sound out the words-tap each letter as you sound it out then sweep your finger underneath the letters as you say the whole word.
- Chunky Monkey: Look for little words within big words or “chunks” as you sound out words.
- Flippy Dolphin: When you come to a vowel, try the short vowel sound and then flip and try the long vowel sound. Which sounds the best?
- Picture Puppy: Look at the picture to help you check for accuracy.
- Cross Checking: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?
- Check for understanding: At the end of a page or two ask “Who is in the story?” “What is happening?”
- Spinner the Spider: Spin the web of connections to self (T-S), text (T-T), and the world (T-W).
- Questioning owl: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Good readers ask questions before they read, during reading, and after reading in order to dig deeper
- Punctuation Penguin: Slow down when you see a comma. Stop when you see a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
HOW TO PICK A “GOOD FIT” BOOK
- I can’t read most of the words.
- I have to reread a lot.
- I read the story too slowly.
- I can’t retell what I read.
- There are no tricky words.
- I read without having to think about it.
- I read the story too fast.
- I can read almost all of the words.
- I think about the story as I read it.
- I read the story at my own pace.
- I can retell the story in my own words.