• Reading Strategies
    (Strategies to use when you come to a tricky word!)

    *  Look at the picture for clues.

    *  Think - What would make sense?

    *  Look at the first/last letters.

    *  Look for chunks.

    *  Look for mini-words, does it help?

    *  Does this look like another word you know?

    * What would sound right?

    *  Get your mouth ready.

    *  Stretch it out.

    *  Make a guess.

    *  Skip the word and go to the end of the sentence.  Then come back and try again.

    *  If necessary, just skip the word and move on or ask someone. ****Remember to come back and reread the sentence if you figure out the word!!

    Other Tips...

    *  Keep a set of magnetic letters on your refrigerator to increase word knowledge, ( practice Word Wall Words!)

    *  Use shaving cream or sand to practice Word Wall Words.

    *  Write notes back and forth to your child everyday("Do you want to wear your blue or black shirt?"" Do you want pudding or ice cream for dessert?" "  Do you want to read Clifford or Froggie at bedtime?")  Consider getting a small dry erase board to use (it adds to the fun!)

    *  Let your child see you read everyday, ("I need to read the directions on this cake mix." "I need to read the road sign to know which way to go.")

    *  Reread old favorite books together

    *  Take a picture walk "sneak peek" to get your minds ready to read.

    *  Read to your child EVERY day.

    * Ask questions as you read..."What do you think is going to happen next?"  "Wonder why he/she has that look?"  "Wonder why he/she is doing that?"

    *  Talk about the story..."I wonder...", "What if...",  "Why do you think...",  "What do you think would have happened if...", "Does this story remind of any others you've heard/read?"  "How?" "How do you feel this story was the same/different as the last one we read by this author?"

    *  Make this time count! Snuggle, laugh, cuddle, be silly, make it fun, ENJOY each other!!!