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Reading at Home

A Guide for Parents


Reading to and with Your Child

·       Before Reading

         o   Allow your child to select the book and discuss the reasons for the selection.

        o   Encourage your child to look at the title and cover of a book and talk about what it might be about.


·       During Reading

        o   If your child is a beginning reader, sometimes it’s good to follow the words with your finger.

        o   Ask questions:  What is happening now?  What do you think will happen next?  Why is he or she doing that?

        o   Answer your child’s questions even if it interrupts the flow of the story.

        o   Encourage your child to look at the pictures for clues for the story or unknown words.

        o   Put the book away if your child has lost interest.

        o   If your child wants to read it, let him or her and never dwell on mistakes!


·       After Reading

        o   Talk about the book – characters, pictures, plots, and settings.

        o   Discuss what was learned if it was a nonfiction book.

        o   Compare the people and events in books with those in real life.




Supporting Your Child

·       Read to your child every day.

·       Find a comfortable place to read.

·       Reading aloud helps children expand their vocabulary, appreciate the value of books and other texts,
             understand new ideas and concepts, and learn about the world around them.

·       Talk about the characters, people and events and encourage your child to express their opinions about books.


What to Read at Home

·       Anything and everything

·       Newspapers

·       TV guides

·       Recipes

·       Emails

·       Great literature that you love

·       Local library books

·       Information from websites


Good Choice! Supporting Independent Reading and Response K-6

By Tony Snead

Copyright 2008.   Stenhouse Publishers