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
· TV guides
· 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