Model Fluent Reading: Read aloud often and with expression. Reading aloud helps your child understand what fluent reading sounds like.
* I Read/You Read: You and your child take turns reading a book, making sure he/she is following along or whisper reading along when it’s not his/her turn.
* Echo Read – You read and then the child reads the exact same sentence, using the parent’s model of fluent reading to guide how to change his/her voice to match the text for phrasing, expression, accuracy, etc.
* Choral reading together, as one. Both parent and child reads the page aloud. This helps model appropriate pace and intonation, and encourages your child to match his/ her voice to what your voice is doing
Before Reading: Previewing a text and asking questions are two terrific ways to navigate nonfiction texts. Enjoy spending more time with some fascinating informational books!
During Reading: Help your child use a map or graphic organizer to keep track of the main ideas of each paragraph.
After Reading: Have your child combine his or her list of main ideas to name what the entire text was mostly about. Help your child create a timeline to sequence the historical events mentioned in the text. Help your child show how scientific ideas or concepts are the same and how they are different.
Ask your child to identify the reasons why the author wrote a text, such as: What was the author trying to answer? explain? describe?
It’s also a good practice to ask your child to show evidence from the text when responding to questions. Your child can reference specific details in the text to support his or her thinking.
Help your child by completing a thinking map to show what ideas are alike and different between two texts on the same topic.
A Day in the Life Use a disposable camera or a phone to capture one day in your child’s life. Start the day by photographing your child asleep just before you wake him or her. Then have your child take a photo every hour throughout the entire day. (Set a timer to help you remember.)
The next day help your child write the details that explain each picture telling why he or she picked the subject, and why it is important to his or her day. Make a title page by writing “A Day in the Life of …”.
Publish the book using construction paper and yarn. Keep the book forever, and show it to everyone. Talking about your child’s ideas is a crucial part of writing. It helps your reluctant writer capture those elusive details that sometimes scramble in the brain.
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