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Helpful Tips To Support a Developing Reader

Helpful Tips for Supporting a Developing Reader
What do I do if my child gets stuck on a word?
         Ask, “What begins with that letter and would make sense here?”
         Have the child look at the pictures for clues.
         Skip the word or phrase and come back to it (soon).
         Have the child look at the word and say it slowly as
         you run your finger under it.
         Ask the child to look for parts of the word he knows.
What do I do when my child reads well but cannot remember what he just read?
         If there are questions to be answered at the end, preview them before reading.
         Use sticky notes to mark important information, questions, hard words, etc. as the child reads instead of waiting to the end.
         Break the text into smaller chunks rather than waiting until the end to summarize.
         Use a graphic organizer to write down the characters, setting, problem, important events, and how the problem is solved.
What do I do if my child reads in a choppy, word-by-word fashion?
         Have your child reread the same text a couple of times a day until it sounds smooth
         Help your child notice phrases in text (groups of 3 or more words)
         Have your child practice reading phrases (Fry Instant Phrases).
What do I do if my child reads without expression?
         Model, model, model – Read with expression and enthusiasm when you read and your child will follow suit.
         Radio reading – Find an article or story that your child is very interested in and help him or her turn it into a news report that would be shared over the radio.