- 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?
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?"
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)
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:
~ 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 confidence and fluency!