• Reading Tips!

     Many times children enter kindergarten feeling they can't read. The skill I focus heavily on which strengthens all readers is picture comprehension. Readers can't grow without a solid knowledge of the picture. Some of these lessons include finding out about the setting, making predictions, making connections to the text and identifying and learning about characters. I assure the children to not worry about the words. We will talk about them in other lessons. This focus levels the playing field for all students and helps those brains working and comprehending at top speed!

    What can parents do in read alouds at home?
    •  Focus on the picture clues and ask: 
       Where is this story taking place? Who are the characters? How do they feel?  What connection can you make? What do you think will happen next?
    • Encourage your child to lengthen their conversations from a few words to sentences about their reading.
    • Help your child to relax and enjoy reading.The most important thing about reading to your child aloud is that you do it frequently and with enjoyment. Children become good readers when they are read to and by reading to your child you will be making memories that both of you will cherish for a lifetime. Although reading to your child is not a technical skill, it may be helpful to keep the following points in mind.

      • Point to the pictures in the book as you read about them- this helps children learn the relationship between words and their meaning.

      • Follow the words with your finger- so they learn that the words are read from left to right.

      • Ask your child to help you turn the pages so he learns that pages turn from left to right.

      • Go to the library together and check out books your child likes.

      • Pick a story or poem that has repeating phrases or words and "assign" your child a phrase to repeat each time you read the story.

      • Read a short portion of the story, then stop and let your child repeat the phrase.

      • Encourage your child to act out the story.

      • Read to your child as often as possible, but don't demand that she listen to a story she finds uninteresting.

      • Match the length of your story to your child's attention span. Most younger children have shorter attention spans and respond better to shorter stories.

      • Use plenty of expression when reading. Change the tone of your voice and your facial expression to fit the characters in the story.

      • Be willing to repeat the same stories over and over. Young children gain a sense of personal control over their success in predicting the beginning, middle, and end of a story.

      • Read only stories that you enjoy. Otherwise, your voice or facial expression can give away your dislike.

      • Make reading a family affair in which parents and siblings read aloud to a younger sibling.

      • Provide plenty of reading material for your child. These can include picture books, alphabet books, magazines, and paper and crayons for self-expression.

      • As you help your child learn to read, you open the door to a world of adventure and knowledge that will benefit him for a lifetime. Access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity. With your help, your child can begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, so she grows into an adult who reads easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure.