Before Reading

      • Predict what the book is about from the title.  Set a purpose for reading.  Ex.  I am going to read this book because I want to learn more about animals.
      • "Read" the pictures.  Take a picture walk through the book.  Ask, What is happening in the pictures?


       During Reading

      • Visualize - While reading to your child, once in a while have them close their eyes as they listen and "make a movie" in their head.  Then look at the pictures to compare if what they imagined was similar to what the illustrator drew.  This can also be done with just a page or two at a time.  

      • Question - think about the story, asking yourself who, what, when, where, why, how.

      • Clarify - understand new words - figure out words using print strategies

        •  Use finger to point under each word to keep track of where you are reading

        • Use beginning sounds to figure out words

        • Use ending sounds to figure out words

        • Use pictures on the page to help figure out a word

        • Use word chunks (group of letters in a pattern like _it, _at)

        • Look for a smaller word within the word (at in sat or an in pants)

        • Read to the end of the sentence.  Sometimes the word that
          makes sense pops right up!

        • Reread the sentence or passage to increase understanding

      • Make predictions - "What do you think will happen next?"

      • Make connections

        • What other story is like this one? Do the characters/situations in this story remind you of another story we have read?  (Text to Text Connection)

        • Have you felt the same away as a character in the story?  Did something similar happen to you? (Text to Self Connection)

        • Does it help you think about something in real life not directly connected to you?  (Text to World Connection)


      After Reading

      • React - What did you think of the story?

        • How did it make you feel?

      • Summarize/Retell the Story

        • What was most important in the story?  One way to do this is to think:
                  ~ Someone
                  ~ Did something
                  ~ But (there was a problem)
                  ~ Then (the problem gets solved)
                  ~ Finally (what happened at the end?)

        • Go back through the book, looking at the pictures, retelling the story with as much detail as you can remember.

      • Read the book again another day!  Kids love to reread texts.  This helps to build confindence and fluency!