• Building Good Reading Strategies


    Research in the area of reading has provided overwhelming evidence that reading with your children for at least 15 minutes a day makes a significant difference in developing reading skills. To help make those 15 minutes more meaningful, here are some hints and ideas you can use when you read with your children.

    What to do when your child is stuck on a word:

    1.  Remind your child to look at the picture for clues.

    2.       Have him look for chunks of the word that are
            familiar (for example, the -ing in looking).

    3.       Prompt her to think about what words would make

    4.       Have him go back and reread the whole sentence.

    5.       Prompt him to "get his mouth ready"(make the 
         sounds for the beginning letters of the word.)

    6.      Once her has made a guess, have him check it. Does it look and     

                sound right? Does it make sense?


    Questions to ask to develop comprehension skills:

    1.       Who are the characters in the story?
    2.       What is the setting? Where & when does the story take place?
    3.       What is the problem in the story? What is the solution?
    4.       What was your favorite part of the story? WHY?
    5.       Choose one character.  Why is that character important?
    6.       What is another way the story could have ended?
    7.       Would you recommend this book to a friend? WHY?
    8.       Were you able to guess the ending? What clues helped you?


    Read to your child every day. Model your own fluent reading as you read and reread books, newspapers or any other texts with your child. Even though your child may be able to read own his own continue to find time each day to read books that are just beyond their reading level. Your child will enjoy listening to more advanced stories and will hear a great example of fluent reading.