Mrs. Plett's Class Blog

Tips and Tricks for Parents

  • Reading Zone – Find a place to read that is comfortable and has little distractions. Set aside a time to read. Reading before bed is a great time to wind down and relax. It quickly becomes a bedtime routine that your child will look forward to.
  • Pictures are important – Pictures provide the reader with important information from the story. Please allow your child to use the pictures to help him/her solve new words and gain meaning of the text.
  • One-to-One Match – Beginning readers should be pointing to each words when they read. They need to learn to check their reading so that they are not inserting or deleting words.
  • Sight Words: Sight words are words that need be known quickly when reading. Many of these words can’t be sounded out.
  • Patterned Books: Many of the first books we read have a patterned text. This helps a child predict and check his reading. If your child has “memorized” the story, encourage him to point under the words to check for understanding.
  • Prediction: Before reading a new story we make predictions about what we think the book will be about. We use our own life experiences to understand ideas the author presents.
  • Sounding Out: There are many phases to sounding out new words. The first of these is CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant). We are learning how to say the individual sounds of 3-letter words that follow this pattern. Ex: c-a-t, f-u-n
  • Self-Monitoring: Our goal for beginning readers is that we want them to be able to monitor their own reading. This means that they need to know when they have made an error. If your child makes an error, give them a chance to notice that it isn’t correct instead of immediately correcting the error.
    You can ask your child:
    “Does it look right?”
    “Does it sound right?”
    “Does it make sense?”
  • What? That doesn’t make sense: Children need to know when their reading doesn’t make sense. To get students who are struggling with this and just continue to read on without trying to self correct, you may want to use a visual to help them remember, like a stop sign.
  • Accuracy Counts: Accuracy is the percentage of words that are read correctly in a book. Your child should be reading at least 90% of words correctly in the books that are being read at home. If your child is reading independently without your support, he should be reading 95% or more correctly.
  • Too Easy?: If your child is reading every word correctly and is able to tell you about it (showing comprehension), this book is considered very easy and you may want to challenge your child with more difficult books.
  • Too Difficult?: If your child is missing more than one word out of every ten words, the book is too difficult. You may need to support your child and help them a little more. You don’t want it to be frustrating, so help your child when necessary.
  • Inferring: Gathering information and knowledge of what is happening without being told. This can be a very hard concept for some students to understand. The more you can talk with your child about thinking beyond what is written, the better they will get at inferring.
    • Ex. Three Little Pigs:
      “What can you tell me about the third little pig?”
      “What kind of pig was he?”
      “How is he different from his other pig siblings?”