Here are some reading strategies that can be done at home. Also, please take a look at the attached link for the DPS Parent Guides to Student Learning which was sent to us by the Superintendent. http://standards.dpsk12.org/standards-resources/
Questions to Ask:
- Spelling Patterns - use patterns to make new words by changing first and last letters to make new words (pin/pit/hit)
- Dictionary Practice - ABC order. Give child a list of different words and have them put them in alphabetical order.
- Count the number of words in a sentence/song.
- Rhyming - thumbs up if words rhyme/thumbs down if they don't
- Tell the child a compound word and have them break it up into two small words.
- Shared reading - adult reads a sentence, child reads a sentence
- Read to child in home language
- Repeated reading of text, book or passage
- Listening to stories on tape, computers, iPods, etc.
- Talk to child about TV programs/movies that you have watched together - character development, plot, settings, etc.
- Have your child describe key ideas or details from a book.
- Child summarizes ideas from reading (characters, setting, plot, problem/solution)
- Scavenger Hunt - searching magazines and newspapers to find words that interest them and that they want to learn about.
- Use words from a story the child has heard or read in other contexts
- Choose a word of the day and have child use it in correct context.
- Choose a word from a book the child has read or heard, have the child repeat the word, explain the meaning of the word, give examples in context, have child give examples of the word in a sentence.
- Teach kids new words as synonyms/antonyms/etc.
Questions to Ask:
- What connections did you make with the character, setting and/or problem/solution?
- What connections do you have to any other books?
- How did you think the character feels in the beginning of the story? In the middle? the end? (Make sure your child provides evidence from the text to support his/her answers).
- What caused the problem in the story?
- What new information did you learn in the text?
- What did the author want you to learn?
- Why is the setting important in the story?
- Do you agree with the author's point of view?
- Find facts and opinions