Helping Your Child

What can you do to help your child become a good reader?

 Reading with your child is extremely important to enhancing your child's fluency and understanding of a text. Talking and having conversations with your child, play a necessary part in helping his language skills grow. By talking to your child during reading, you can tell what they are thinking. You can clarify and expand their thinking by questioning them as well. Children use different strategies to assist them when they are reading.

Word Solving Strategies:

  • Look at the letters, make the sounds of the letters, then blend the sounds together.
  • Look for the vowels in the word.  Is the vowel making the short sound or the long sound?  What syllable type(s) do you see in the word?
  • Syllable Types
    • Closed Syllable
      • ends in a consonant
      • short vowel sound
      • example:  cat​​​​​​​
    • Open Syllable
      • ​​​​​​​ends with a vowel
      • vowel has a long sound
      • example: go
    • Magic e Syllable
      • ​​​​​​​ends with a silent e
      • long vowel sound
      • 1 consonant between the vowel and the silent e
      • example:  cake
    • Vowel Team Syllable
      • ​​​​​​​2 vowels making 1 sound
      • vowels make the long sound
      • example: boat
    • R-controlled Syllable
      • ​​​​​​​at least 1 vowel followed by r
      • ar, er, ir, or, ur
      • example: star
    • -le syllable
      • ​​​​​​​ends with a consonant and le
      • example:  turtle

Meaning Strategies:

  • Infer (make a prediction or form a new idea)
  • Make a connection
  • Make a sensory image (a picture in your head)
  • Ask questions
  • Summarize or retell the text
  • Decide what is important

 Children need the following to be successful readers. 

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics - Letter/Sound Relationships
  • Phonics - Word Structure
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension