Step by Step Guidelines for Reading with Your Child

1.   Find a quiet spot to read with your child.

2.    Have your child reread a familiar book, or part of a book. When he/she is finished reading, make a positive comment on:

•    Your child’s reading, i.e. “Jason you really seem to enjoy this book. I like the way you read so fluently.” 
•    A strategy the child used when reading, i.e. “I like the way you looked for the little word ‘be’ inside the big word ‘because’.

3.    Explore the new book with your child by:

•    Predicting what the story may be about from the title
•    Have your child do a picture walk
•    If it is a longer book/chapter book, you and your child can decide how much you will read together

4.   Read the book together:

•    You can start reading and encourage your child to chime in when he/she is comfortable
•    You should take the lead during the first reading

5.    The child reads the book/part of book independently the second time. You should provide support when needed using the strategies found on the bookmark. (look in the file "Stuck on a Word Bookmark")

6.    During the reading your child might substitute a word that is meaningful. Please don’t say anything until the child has finished the page. Then point to the word and ask him/her what the word is. Ask the child if it is the same word that they had read. Make the child aware that a meaningful substitution when reading is something that good readers do occasionally.

7.    If the child substitutes a word that doesn’t make sense in the passage and he/she doesn’t make any attempt to correct the word, stop the child at the end of the sentence and ask him “Does this make sense?” Then have him reread the sentence and encourage him to use an appropriate reading strategy to figure out the word. Have the child reread the sentence for meaning. “Does it make sense now?”
*This should only occur two or three times per page during the reading, otherwise the book is too difficult.
8.    When the child has finished reading, check his understanding by:

•    Sharing a favourite part of the story
•    Connecting the story with a personal experience
•    Tell about a funny part, if appropriate
•    You can model this by sharing your responses with the child

9.    Please compliment the child on their effort and/or reading skills.  

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