Reading Strategies

When your child comes to an unfamiliar word, wait. Readers need time to look ahead, reread, skip words and pick up clues or information from illustrations. 

  • Avoid eye contact
  • Keep your eyes on the page
  • Give your child time to piece together clues

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Book Orientation 

  • Take two to three minutes to talk about the book
  • Discuss the title
  • Discuss the illustrations
  • Find any unusual words by scanning
  • If it is a chapter book read first chapter together

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NIM Reading 

  • Read aloud while your child mimics the words lightly behind you.
  • Track words by moving your finger under the lines in a fluid movement.
  • Model good reading- read in your normal voice.

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Shared Reading

  • Negotiate to read a sentence, paragraph or page.
  • Take it in turns to read a sentence, paragraph or page.

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Page Reading 

This strategy is used when a book is familiar to the child and can be read independently. Use the same book and share.

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Echo Reading 

  • Negotiate to read a sentence, paragraph or page
  • You read a sentence, paragraph or page and the child rereads (echoes) the same section
  • Continue taking turns

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