How Can I Help My Child Read an Early Reader
Are you looking for some fun ways to help your child develop their reading skills using simple leveled books?
Before reading the book- The Picture Walk:
Going on a simple picture walk with your child, before reading the book can stimulate their natural curiosity and spark an interest in the story. By taking a picture walk with your child you are activating their prior knowledge of the book’s topic, discussing new vocabulary words that may be difficult for them to read and basic story structure. Taking a picture walk is as simple as flipping through the book, page by page, without reading any of the words. You ask questions about each picture they see and try to prompt answers that are based on the images on the pages. Always stop before the last page and predict how the story is going to end. Then read to see how the story does end. Use the simple picture walk strategy below as a guided for you and your child. Eventually this will become a simple habit.
During the reading of the book- Reading Together Strategies:
A beginning reader needs help and encouragement getting through the text in a new book. A wonderful reading together strategy for the early reader is called echo reading. This strategy helps the child gain confidence in reading aloud, develops their sight vocabulary and models what fluent reading sounds like. In echo reading the parent reads a sentence first and points to each word. The child then becomes the echo, reading the sentence back to the parent and pointing to each word. It is very important to remind the child to point to each word as he/she reads.
Another excellent reading together strategy for the early reader is called choral reading. This strategy also helps develop a child’s reading confidence and builds an enjoyment in the whole reading process. In choral reading the parent reads aloud slowly and the child reads in unison with the parent. Both the child and parent should be looking and pointing at the words while reading together.
Using Context clues to figure out unknown words while reading:
When your child comes to a word he/she does not know, there are many different choices they can make. They can skip it and continue reading, they can ask an adult for help, or they can look it up in a dictionary. Usually the strategy of using context clues is helpful in finding the meaning of words in the text that a child does not know. Click on the attachment below for all of these during reading activities.
After Reading the Book- Check for Understanding:
Story Mapping Using Question Cards: Most children’s stories have a basic structure; one or two main characters, a setting where the story takes place, a goal that one character wants to achieve, or an obstacle, and a resolution of the conflict or goal. After reading a story with your child, use the question approach to check your child’s understanding of the story. Go back to the illustrations and text if needed and reread to support your child’s answer.
Read, Cover, Remember, Retell: is another great strategy for checking your child’s understanding of a story. Introduce the strategy by first modeling it to your child. Read only as much as your hand can cover. Usually a paragraph in a chapter book or a few lines in an early reader. Cover the words with your hand and think about what you just read. It’s okay to peek if you forget. In YOUR OWN words retell what you just read. Click the after reading link below for a bookmark of these two strategies.