The Reading Corner
Message from Mrs. Chelton
Every parent should resolve to do one simple thing today that can change your child’s life - read to and with them everyday. Reading to and with children is proven to be the single most important thing a parent can do to ensure their child's success in school and in their future life. Not only does reading improve children's language development and comprehension, it also brings parents and children closer together. The amount of information in the current world increases at a rapid pace. In the past, new information spread mostly through verbal communication. Not anymore, technology makes global communication take place in an instant. As a result the ability to read and write has become the most powerful tool for everyone. Becoming a proficient reader and writer gives you the ability to be on the cutting edge of progress.
Here are some tips to help you begin a wonderful journey of reading with your child.
Before Reading Activities
v Look at the title and illustrations together. Predict what the story will be about.
v Discuss what you already know about the topic of the story.
v Read the first page or chapter and then ask your child to predict what might happen next.
During Reading Activities
v Encourage your child to picture in his or her mind what is happening in the story.
v Ask what might happen next in the story.
v Ask how a character might feel or if your child can relate to the character.
v Talk about the illustrations or any new vocabulary that might be confusing.
After Reading Activities
v Have children retell the story in their own words.
v Ask your child to create a new ending.
v Retell the story from one of the character’s point of view.
v Let your child illustrate his or her favorite part of the story. The picture should not be in conflict with the details supplied in the story.
v Discuss the story together.
Post Reading Discussion Questions
v Did the story turn out the way you thought it would? Why or why not?
v What made this book interesting?
v Is the main character someone you would like as a friend?
v Is this a book you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not?
v What do you think would happen in a sequel to this book?
Read and Retell
v After reading a story, the student is asked to retell the story as if it were being told to someone who had never read or heard it before.
v Retelling for narratives should include the characters, setting, conflict or problem, events in order, and resolution.
v Retellings for informational text should include the main ideas and details.
v Asking your child to retell a television show, movie, story they have listened to or read is a great way to monitor comprehension. At first you may find it necessary to prompt your child with questions such as the following:
o Can you tell me about the characters?
o Can you tell me about the story setting?
o Can you tell me anything about the story problem or conflict?
o Can you tell me important events from the story?
o Can you tell me about the story ending?
Reading Strategies for Unknown words
v Skip the difficult word and..
o Read on to the end of the sentence or paragraph
o Go back to the beginning of the sentence and try again.
o Read on. Reread inserting the beginning sound of the unknown word.
o Substitute a word that makes sense.
o Look for a word part you know. Remember to pay attention to prefixes and suffixes.
o Look for picture clues
o Link the word to other known words. The words around a word can help you.
o Make sure it sounds right, makes sense and looks right inthe passage.
Some links to help you find books.
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know-http://kids.nypl.org/reading/recommended.
100Best Books -http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm