• 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.

    snakeStretchy Snake
    S-t-r-e-t-c-h it out!
      Stretch the word out slowly.
      Put the sounds together to figure out
         the word.
    monkeyChunky Monkey
    Chunk the Word!
      Look for a chunk that you know
         (-ing, -and, -art, -old, etc.).
       Look for a word part (be-, -er, etc.)

    fishLips The Fish
    Get Your Lips Ready!
     Say the first few sounds of the word
         out loud.
      Read to the end of the sentence and
         say the sounds again. 
    lion Tryin Lion
    Try It Again!
     Try to reread the sentence.
     Try a word that makes sense.
    toadSkippy Frog
    Skip It, Skip It!
     Skip the word
     Read to the end of the sentence.
     Hop back and read it.

     eagleEagle Eye
                           Look at the pictures!
    Eagle Eye reminds us to...
    * look at the pictures for clues
    dolphinFlippy Dolphin
          Flip the vowel!
    Flippy the Dolphin reminds us to...
    *try the other vowel sound
                 k         Helpful Kangaroo
                                             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.  
    Reading With Your Child  
    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.