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
- 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
- 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.
- Negotiate to read a sentence, paragraph or page.
- Take it in turns to read a sentence, paragraph or page.
This strategy is used when a book is familiar to the child and can be read independently. Use the same book and share.
- 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