Reading Information

  • 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 confidence and fluency!