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.