• Tips for Reading with Your Child

    When helping your child read at home,
    several strategies may be used
    to aid in decoding unknown words.
    children reading  
    Tell your child to look at the picture.  You may tell your child the word is something that can be seen in the picture, if that is the case.
    Tell your child to look for chunks in the word, such as it in sit, at in mat, or and and ing in standing. 
    Ask your child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning sound.
    Ask if the word looks like another word she/he knows.  For example, "Does bed look like red?"
    Ask your child to go on and read until the end of the sentence.  Often, by reading the other words in context, your child can figure out the unknown word.
    If your child says the wrong word while reading, ask questions like:
    Does it make sense?
    Does it sound right?
    Does it look right?