Helpful Tips for Parents!
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Tips for Reading!
If you are having trouble reading a word, try this:
1. Say the beginning sound of the word.
2. Look at the picture/s in the story for clues.
3. Look for chunks and sound it out.
4. Ask yourself what would make sense.
5. Say the word "blank" and keep reading until the end of the sentence.
Tips for Helping Children Learn!
1. Help your child get a library card for the public library. Find out from the children's librarian if there are special children's programs for your child.
2. Look through your child's schoolwork with them. Let your child tell you about their work.
3. Listen to your child read.
4. Read to your child.
5. Establish a reading time for your child.
6. Help your child select television shows to watch.
7. Watch an educational television show together, then discuss/evaluate the show.
8. Teach your child how to make an emergency phone call.
9. Help your child learn their address and phone number.
10. Show your child how to use the telephone directory.
11. Show your child the location of your home on a map.
12. Play a board game with your child.
13. Help your child start a collection of rocks, stamps, pressed leaves...
14. Give your child their very own calendar.
15. Write notes to your child.
16. Help your child write notes and letters to relatives/friends.
17. Subscribe to a children's magazine for your child.
18. Let your child write about any topic that they choose.
19. Listen to your child read their writing and discuss what you liked about it.
Things to do When Reading a Story!
1. Name the main character(s) and secondary characters and discuss the differences between them.
2. Find the sentence that goes best with the picture.
3. Find words with short and long vowels.
4. Find words with prefixes and suffixes.
5. Locate the place in the story that answers questions you ask.
6. Have your child summarize the story in their own words.
7. Put the story in the correct order.
8. Who was you favorite character and why?
9. Find compound words. (ex. baseball)
10. Find contractions. What do they stand for?
11. Find quotation marks.
12. Locate the main idea of the paragraph or story.
13. Count the paragraphs.
14. Count the number of statements, questions, exclamations.
15. Emphasize expression when orally reading.