Posts Tagged "Reading on Own"

Reading Comprehension Questions

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Reading Comprehension Questions

In addition to knowing how to sound out words, good readers must also be able to think about what is happening in the story.  After all, there is little point in taking the time to read if your child cannot remember anything that happened.  Teachers call this skill “reading comprehension”.  One of the best ways to help your child develop comprehension skills is by asking questions during and after you read together.  Print the list of questions (right) and keep it by your favorite reading spot to help start conversations.   Pin...

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Reading Comprehension Basics

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Reading Comprehension Basics

In addition to knowing how to sound out words, good readers must also be able to think about what is happening in the story.  After all, there is little point in taking the time to read if your child cannot remember anything that happened.  Teachers call this skill “reading comprehension” and it includes eight strategies that you probably use all of the time without even thinking about it:   Using prior knowledge- Taking what you already know and using it to understand something new. Making connections- Connecting a story you read to something that has happened in your own life,...

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50 Multicultural Books for Children

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50 Multicultural Books for Children

I was having coffee with a friend last week and we started talking about the parent education book Nurture Shock.  In it, Po Bronson questions when parents should begin talking to their children about race.  I had often thought about my role in multicultural education as a teacher but I must admit that this was the first time that I actually considered my role as a parent. I walked away from our discussion eager to find a collection of books that could spark conversations with my boys about multicultural issues and, after digging around, I decided that the Cooperative Children’s Book...

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How to Choose Just Right Books

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How to Choose Just Right Books

Research has shown time and again how important it is for children to spend time reading books that are at their “just right” reading level.  A book is “just right” when it is neither too easy nor too hard.  Students are stretched just enough to help them strengthen their skills without pushing them over the line to frustration. Unfortunately, determining a child’s just right level is tricky.  Although a book may be labeled with your child’s grade level, it may not be the perfect fit for her skills.  Children often read at levels above or below the grade they...

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Top Ten Read Alouds

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Top Ten Read Alouds

  I stumbled across a list of read aloud chapter books a few weeks ago and it caused me to think back to the stories my second grade students and I loved reading together several years ago.  After whittling my list down to ten favorites, I’m eager to pass them on to you.  I hope that your family enjoys them as much as I do.   My Father’s Dragon – The first book in a trilogy about a boy and the baby dragon he rescues from a faraway island.  It’s a magical classic. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Follow along as five lucky children become the first...

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Increase Your Child’s Reading in 6 Quick Steps

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Increase Your Child’s Reading in 6 Quick Steps

Help your child read on his own for longer periods of time in six easy steps: Motivate Explain that good readers read longer by practicing.  Runners train to run farther by stretching how far they go a little more each day and baseball players learn to hit homeruns by hitting a little harder each time they practice.  Improving at something takes practice. Choose Books Work together to choose a stack of 5-7 of your child’s favorite stories.  He will be reading the books on his own so be careful to only select stories that you have either read together frequently enough that he could...

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Book Swap

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Book Swap

Our six-year-old neighbor rang the doorbell a few nights ago and surprised our boys with a box filled with favorite books she had outgrown.  They were thrilled and have been pouring through the books ever since.   You can create similar reading excitement by organizing a book swap with friends. Take a few of your favorite books from your shelves, wrap them up as a present, and exchange them with another family. No need to say “goodbye” to them forever. You can always return them when you are finished.  And those planners in the bunch (you know who you are) – extend this by...

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Book Treasures

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Book Treasures

  Calling all Martha Stewart types!  Help your child improve her reading comprehension and give yourself an excuse to get crafty at the same time.  After reading a book together, give her a small “treasure” that you made for her to keep as a reminder of something important in the story.  For example, we made a caterpillar treasure for the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by gluing together several small pom poms to make a body, an inch long piece of pipe cleaner to use for the caterpillar’s antennae, and a pair of eyes we cut out of white construction paper.     In...

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Reading When You’re On the Go

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Reading When You’re On the Go

Playing Bingo is an entertaining way for your child to practice reading when you are out and about.  I am posting two versions of Bingo – one that’s designed for children who are learning their letters (“ABC Bingo” ) and another for kiddos who are learning to sound out words (“Words Bingo”).   To play, print the PDF attachment (right) that fits your child’s needs.  Clip it to something flat like a clipboard or hard cover book and bring it on your next car ride along with a pad of small post-its.  As you drive, encourage your child to look for...

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A Letter to Obama’s Dog

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A Letter to Obama’s Dog

I am a huge fan of connecting reading and writing to real life experiences.  I read books about doctor visits before my boys visit their pediatrician to help them connect stories to their own life and I try to talk out loud as I add items to our grocery list so that my sons will notice that writing has a purpose.   I must admit, though, that I have always been a little stumped about how to make an authentic connection to President’s Day.  After all, most of the men that we are celebrating have already passed and even the concept of a president is hard for children to...

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