Here are some important reading strategies that your child is learning to use before, during, and after reading.



     Predict what the book is about by looking at the title.  Set a purpose for reading, example: I am going to read this book because I want to learn more about horses. Take a picture walk through the book, ask: What is happening in the picture?



    ~Visualize-make a movie in your head just like you do when listening to a story.


    ~Question- think about the story, asking yourself who, what, where, when, why, how.


    ~Decode-figure out unknown words using print strategies

    *Use your finger to point to each word to keep track of where you are reading

    *Get your mouth ready to say the word

    *Use beginning sounds to figure out words

    *Use ending sounds to figure out words

    *Use pictures on the page for clues

    *Use word chunks or group of letters in a pattern like _at,  _ell,  _ice

    *Look for a smaller word within a word

    *Skip the word and read to the end of the sentence, sometimes the word that makes sense pops up

    *Reread the sentence to see if it makes sense


    ~Make predictions-What happens next?


    ~Make connections

    *What other story is like this one?

    *Have you felt the same way as a character in the story?

    *Did something similar happen to you?

    *Does it help you to think about something in real life?




    *What did you think of the story?

    *How did it make you feel?


    *What was most important in the story? One way to do this is to think:


      --did something

      --but (there was a problem)

      --then (the problem gets solved)

        --finally (what happened at the end?)