Make Reading A Part Of Your Family Time!

Why not make reading part of the time you spend with your kids? To help you get started here are some great ideas to include in your daily family time.

  • Read a bedtime story every night

  • Play board games and have your child read the cards

  • Visit the Kinuso library (or any library for that matter)

  • Read a recipe and cook a special dessert!

  • Create a reading nook (a comfy space for reading)

  • Go shopping and have your child read the grocery list and items at the store.

Choose 'Good Fit Books'

Choosing books that are interesting and at an appropriate level keep your child engaged. We learn how to pick good fit books in class but you can help your child by...

  • Using the five finger rule. Open the book to any page and ask your child to read. Put up a finger every time your child does not know a word. If you have put up more than five fingers before the end of the page, this book is too hard for your child.

How To Read With A Beginning Reader:

  • Encourage your child to use his/her finger to point to each word.
  • Read a sentence and have your child repeat it.

  • Take turns reading a sentence each or a page each.

  • Talk about the story as you read it. What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of? How do you think this character feels?

  • Don’t be afraid to read the same book again! Repeated reading helps build reading fluency!

  • 15-20 minutes is plenty for a beginning reader!

Check For Understanding

  • Start the book by making predictions. What do you think will happen in this story?

  • Ask questions and make comments during the reading process.

  • After reading a book, have your child tell you the events from the story in the correct order.

  • What was the problem in this story?

  • How did the character feel when…?

  • Encourage your child to make connections. Does this story remind you of another book you read, an event in your life, a movie?

Read Online!

There are many fun and interactive websites for literacy. Here are a few FREE online resources:

  • EPIC! Books (You'll need a class code to log in)
  • Overdrive (Use your child's HPSD email and password to log in)
  • Reading A-Z (You'll need a class code to log in)

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