Reading Specialist - Nelson Prairie
Read "Just Right Books"
A book that is "just right" is one that your child can read independently. It is not too hard and it is not too easy. It's a good fit - it's "just right". Here is one way to help your child choose such a book:
Five Finger Rule
While reading the first page of a book, count the unknown words (using fingers to keep track is fine). If there are five or more unknown words, the book is too hard for now. Read that book together Ask your child lots of questions about the story in general and about specific pages to see if he really understands what was read.
Sound It Out
Say all the sounds in the word.
Break the word into syllables. Remember, each syllable must have a vowel.
Word in a Word
Look for words within words.
Find the base word
Cover suffixes and prefixes to find the baseword.
At home you can help your child by . . .
·Listening to your child read words and books from school. Be patient and listen as your child practices. Let your child know you are proud of his reading.
·Teaching the meaning of words, especially words that are important to understanding a book.
·Teaching ways to learn the meaning of new words. Children should be taught how to get clues about a word from the rest of the sentence.
·Helping children understand what they are reading. Good readers think as they read and they know whether what they are reading is making sense. Teachers help children to check their understanding. When children are having difficulty, teachers show them ways to figure out the meaning of what they are reading.
·Rereading familiar books. Children need practice in reading comfortably and with expression using books they know.
·Building reading accuracy. As your child is reading aloud, point out words he missed and help him read words correctly. If you stop to focus on a word, have your child reread the whole sentence to be sure he understands the meaning.
·Building reading comprehension. Talk with your child about what she is reading. Ask about new words. Talk about what happened in a story. Ask about the characters, places, and events that took place. Ask what new information she has learned from the book. Encourage her to read on her own.
Make reading a part of every day!
·Share conversations with your child over meal times and other times you are together. Children learn words more easily when they hear them spoken often. Introduce new and interesting words at every opportunity.
·Read together every day. Spend time talking about stories, pictures, and words.
·Be a reader and a writer. Children learn habits from the people around them.
·Visit the library or bookstores often. Reading stories, computers, homework help, and other exciting activities are helpful to every child.