Helping at home

easy textNew students are currently beginning Reading Recovery so it is timely to revise ways that you can help at home. The best thing you can do is to show interest in your child’s homework which begins after the 1st 10 lessons of Roaming. Listen to your child read and supervise the pasting of the cut-up story EVERY day. Your child will pick up your attitude if you do not value this time.

  1. Be a Good Role Model
  • Sound expressive when reading to your child- sound like the roaring lion or the little mouse.
  • Let your child see that you enjoy reading, and read for a variety of purposes, e.g. newspaper, recipes, TV guide, instructions.
  • Involve your child in opportunities to read and write for authentic purposes, e.g. birthday greetings, shopping reminders, important dates and occasions.
  1. Be Supportive boy and girl reading
  • Make time in your busy day to read to your child and to hear your child read to you.
  • Praise all his /her attempts. It is better to ‘have a go’ and to learn from the experience than to feel scared that a mistake might be made.
  • Focus on what your child is doing correctly, e.g. I like the way you stopped reading when it didn’t sound right. Good job for checking the first letter. 
  • Praise attempts that show good reasoning, even if the outcome is incorrect, e.g. that animal does look like a crocodile but it is an alligator. Can you see the a at the beginning of the word?
  • Sometimes ask questions to clarify his / her thinking, e.g. How did you know that?
  • Do not insist that your child reads books that are too difficult. Reading does not improve when books are too frustrating.
  1. Emphasize Meaningparent
  • DO NOT COVER THE PICTURES! The pictures are there to be supportive.
  • Talk about the book before, during and after the reading. But do not be too disruptive- be lead by your child’s interests and needs.
  1. Be strategic
  • Instead of immediately telling a difficult word- invite the child to do some thinking, e.g. Look at the picture. What is he doing? Reread and think about ___. Could it be ___? Would that look right? Would it sound right? What else could it be?
  • Resist the temptation to always confirm if an attempt was successful or not. Ask- what do you think? Did it sound right to you? Did it look right?
  • Allow time for your child to work it out before you intervene.

Reading buddies

A big, big ththank-you-textank you to Mr Drew Coleman and his band of volunteer students who have been reading helpers for some of my Reading Recovery students first thing in the mornings. 2 of the little buddies have recently been discontinued from Reading Recovery with amazing results. Whoo-hoo!!!

I’m A Reading Star chart

reading starThe ReadWriteThink website has a chart you can download for your child to rate books that have been read or shared. This is a useful way of recording and remembering favourite books and authors when you go to the library to choose more books. The website has many ideas for using this chart. Click on the picture to take you to the site.

After Reading Recovery

parents-after-lessonsThe Reading Recovery Council of North America website has some useful information for parents of children who have completed their Reading Recovery series of lessons. (Click on the picture to the left.)

We want these students to continue to have lots of opportunities to read and write. Many websites have some ideas for activities you might like to do at home e.g. Read Write Thinklaptop3 cropped(Click on the picture below.)