Reading At Home

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Reading Homework Information

Please take the time to discuss the books with your child.  It is important for children to understand what they are reading.  Here are a few suggestions for questions you can ask before, during and after the reading.  Do not ask all the questions for each book.  Just pick a few that will work for the text s/he is reading:

  • What do you think this book will be about?
  • Who do you think will be in this story?
  • What kinds of words do you think we will find in this story?  (vocabulary)
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • How do you think the characters are feeling?
  • What would you do if you were the character?
  • Did you learn any new facts about___________?  (nonfiction books)
  • What do you think the author is trying to teach us?
  • How would you end the story if you were the author?
  • What title would you give the book if you were the author?
  • What does this book make you think about?

Tips For Reading At Home

  • Let your child hold the book and turn the pages.
  • Give your child time to decode tricky words.  Count slowly to ten slowly in your head and then ask if your child would like help.
  • Don’t do anything your child can do on his/her own.

Things to say to your child when s/he gets stuck on a tricky word:

  • “You try it.”
  • “Look at the pictures.”
  • “ What letters do you see?”
  • “Get our mouth ready.”
  • “Do you see any word chunks that you know?”
  • “Stretch out the sounds”
  • “Skip the word and read the rest of the sentence.  Then go back to check it.”
  • “Try it again”
  • “Does that sound right?”
  • “Does that look right?”
  • “Does that make sense?”