• Although your child will read a lot at school, reading at home is just as important. There are plenty of easy ways to integrate reading into your child's everyday life. Here is a presentation created by the Chandler reading specialists about the building blocks of reading and how to support your child's literacy: How can parents support their child's literacy?


     This is a great resource for parents:  Put Reading First: Helping your child learn to read


    Literacy Building Blocks

    There are 5 components that form the foundation for reading:

    1. Phonemic Awareness

    2. Phonics

    3. Fluency

    4. Vocabulary

    5. Comprehension

     For more information check out: “Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read” at http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/Publications/researchread.htm


    Home Literacy Tips: 

    · Help your child pick out “Just Right” books using the Five Finger Test.

    · Encourage your child to reread favorite books-this will help to improve their fluency.

    · Take turns reading with your child. Hearing you read will show your child how to read with inflection.

    · As your child reads, ask them questions about the story. Be sure to ask open-ended questions.

    · Be patient when your child is trying to sound out a word.

    · Gently correct your child when a mistake is made. 

    Here are some suggestions for reading aloud to your child:

    1.  Choose a book that will capture their attention.

    Think about the topic, vocabulary, length, and illustrations and pick out a book that will be interesting to your child.  You can do this together at the library or bookstore or you can get recommendations from the librarian.  Being motivated to read and discuss books is a big factor in student reading success.

    2.  Look and the pictures and make a prediction.

    Before you read page through the book with your child.  Look at the illustrations, captions, etc and ask your child to use them as clues to predict what the story is going to be about.  Then as you are reading have them change/update their prediction when you come across new information or clues in the text.  Making predictions is a reading skill that aids in the comprehension and understanding of stories.

    3.  Start by reading the title, author, and illustrator on the front cover.

    Don’t just flip to the first page and start reading.  Show them the cover and read the title to them.  Tell them who the author and illustrator are and explain what those terms mean.  Get them familiar with the parts of the book and comfortable discussing reading terminology.

    4.  Read with expression.

    This isn’t the time to worry about looking silly!  Engage kids with funny voices, dramatic pauses, or whatever the plot calls for.  Reading with expression not only makes the story come alive, it also teaches them about the conventions authors use to convey different messages and helps them remember and comprehend the book.

    5.  Stop while reading to discuss and ask questions.

    While we read our brains are constantly processing, questioning, and assimilating the new information so we need to start teaching kids how to do that.  Stopping to ask questions and make new predictions helps them to develop the comprehension skills they will use for the rest of their lives.  Keep it simple at first and show them how to look back in the story or at the pictures to figure out the answer if they are unsure.

    6.  Make connections.

    After you read a story have your child make a connection between the story and their life.  It could be about a similar situation they were in, another book they have read, or something they have seen somewhere else in the world.  This takes comprehension to a deeper level and helps to foster a love of reading.  A fun way to make story connections and play with reading is to do a book activity about the story after reading it.

    Below are more ideas of what you can do at home
    How to read at home  nonfiction fiction reading