Reading Strategy #1 Eagle Eyes
Use your EAGLE EYES to read the pictures and look for clues. When reading with/to your child at home, take a moment to look at and discuss what is happening in the pictures on each page prior to reading the text. Ask your child to tell you about the pictures.
Reading Strategy #2 Lips the Fish
Get your lips ready to make the first sound.
Reading Strategy #3 Chunky Monkey
Look for the little word chunks inside of the big words. Breaking down the word might make it easier to figure out.
Reading Strategy #4 Stretchy Snake
Stretch out the words so you can hear all of the sounds.
Reading Strategy #5 Skippy Frog
Skip the word and read on. Then hop back and read the sentence again.
Reading Strategy #6 Tryin' Lion
Try to re-read the sentence. When your child gets stuck on a word, have him/her re-read the sentence. Sometimes starting over from the beginning of the sentence helps things make sense and, along with the other strategies, might help the child to figure out a tough word.
Reading Strategy #7
Ask for help. When a child has attempted to read a difficult word using the various strategies and still cannot figure it out, it is okay to ask for help. Some words are just too difficult to tackle alone.
The children will be taught to do the following when they become stuck on a word they are trying to read:
1. Look at and read the picture.
2. Look for little word chunks in the big word. For example: "it" in "sit", "and" in "standing".
3. Get your mouth ready to say the sound of the letter(s) you are looking at.
4. Does the word look like another word you know? (Word Families such as cook/look, cake/bake, skate/late, play/stay, etc)
5. Does it make sense?
6. Does it look right?
7. Does it sound right?
8. If you are stuck on a word, ask for help.
Questions to ask your child after reading together.
1. Can you tell me the story in your own words (from the beginning)?
2. Who were the characters?
3. What was the problem in the story?
4. How did they solve the problem?
5. What was your favorite part? Why?
6. Who was your favorite character? Why?
7. Did this story remind you of any things that have happened to you?
8. Do you like the illustrations?
9. If you could change something in the story, what would you change?
10. Review the beginning, middle and ending (sequencing).
11. Talk about the parts of the book, the author/illustrator, the cover, the title, title page, dedication page, how to carefully turn pages, etc.
12. Ask your child to find words on the pages she/he knows.