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How can I help my child be a successful reader and writer?

At Home

  • Talk to them about lots of things and why they happen
  • Read aloud to your child books that are more challenging and talk about them
  • Listen to them or share the reading of  ‘just right’ books and talk about them

  Before Reading

  • Talk about the title
  • Look at the cover and maybe some of the illustrations
  • Make some predictions about what you both think will happen

During Reading

  • Share what you are thinking so far
  • Balance the conversation to keep the story going
  • React to what is happening
  • Make and revise predictions

After Reading

  • Have a short conversation (not a pop quiz)
  • Share your thoughts and questions
  • Encourage your child to share theirs

(Adapted from A Coordinator’s Guide to Help America Read:  A Handbook for Volunteers and Help America Read by G. Pinnell and I. Fountas, 1997, Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann and parent presentat

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