Parents can continue to nurture a love of reading by choosing a specific time every day to read together for 20 minutes. Below you will find strategies we are using in class to decode unknown words. As you are reading you can refer back to these strategies to help your child figure out any tricky words.
S-t-r-e-t-c-h it out!
Stretch the word out slowly.
Put the sounds together to figure out
Chunk the Word!
Look for a chunk that you know
(-ing, -and, -art, -old, etc.).
Look for a word part (be-, -er, etc.)
Lips The Fish
Get Your Lips Ready!
Say the first few sounds of the word
Read to the end of the sentence and
say the sounds again.
Try It Again!
Try to reread the sentence.
Try a word that makes sense.
Skip It, Skip It!
Skip the word
Read to the end of the sentence.
Hop back and read it.
Look at the pictures!
Eagle Eye reminds us to...
* look at the pictures for clues
Flip the vowel!
Flippy the Dolphin reminds us to...
*try the other vowel sound
Ask for help!!
Helpful Kangaroo reminds us to...
*Ask for help after you have tried the other strategies
Good readers ask questions while they read. Below are questions you can ask your child when you are finished reading together.
Additional Questions can be found here.
Want to keep track of your reading? Download a Weekly Reading Log (includes great questions to ask about the story) here.
Good readers ask questions (thin and thick) while they read to help better understand the text. Download a question log here.
The difference between Thin and Thick Questions can be found here.