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december 2014

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Tips for Reading with Your Child

 

 

 

  • Read aloud to your child every day, even an older child.  Reading aloud provides a good model, expands vocabulary, simulates curiosity and imagination, lengths attention span, and motivates the child to want to read better books independently.  Most important of all, it helps to develop a lifetime reader!

 

 

 

  • Share reading with your child by alternate reading.  You read a page and then your child reads a page.

 

 

  • Be aware that reading level and listening level are very different.
    • Read easy books with your child.
    • Read more advanced books to your child to instill a love of books and for motivation.

 

 

  • For an older child, read aloud the first few chapters of a book to get him/her started.  This is where the characters are introduced, the plot is set up, and the setting is described.  You’ll be offering a jump-start!

 

 

  • Plan time for your family to read together.

 

 

  • Discuss the book you’re reading together.

 

o   Predict what the book will be about before reading  it.

 

o   Talk about the pictures.

 

o   Predict what will happen next.

 

o   Consider what else could have happened.

 

o   Relate to your own experiences.

 

o   Stop to explain things you think he/she doesn’t know.

 

o   Talk about the author and illustrator.

 

 

 

Read a variety of books including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Read for information and for fun.

 

 

  • Carry books with you wherever you go.  Read to your child while waiting for appointments.

 

 

  • Tape record favorite books so your child can listen to them over and over-even in the car.

 

 

  • Choose repetitive, rhythmic books for younger readers.  Look for interesting illustrations that help to tell the story.

 

 

  • Take time each day for everyone in the family to silently.  Shoe you value reading by allowing your child to see you read.

 

 

  • Encourage your child to keep a journal by recording the day’s happenings, his/her feelings, ect. 

 

 

  • Provide pencils, pens, crayons, markers, paper and other materials for your child to use to express feelings and thoughts about what is read.

 

 

  • Give your child his/her own library card for the public library.  Visit the library often.

 

 

  • Encourage your child to read easy books to improve fluency.

 

 

  • Subscribe to children’s magazines.

 

 

  • Write notes of your child – tuck them into a lunchbox or pocket.

 

 

  • Enjoy reading with your child.  

 

 

 

 

 I hope you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 Lori Farrell  

 

                                 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school

 

515-266-3433 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

December blog

 

It’s hard to believe that the school year is already one third of the year over.   As I write my blog the snow is falling and it is simply beautiful.  Snow from a child’s perspective it is snowmen, snow angels and school cancellation.  From an adult’s view it is shoveling the driveway, treacherous driving and school cancellation.   When school is cancelled have your child or children spent part of their day reading a good book.

 One of my responsibilities here at Saint Joseph is help children that struggle in the classroom.  It is a team effort your child’s classroom teacher, you and I, all working together to help your child.  If you need additional ideas, strategies and or materials please feel free to contact me at school.  

 Please let me know what information you would like to see in my blogs. 

 I hope you and your family and blessed Thanksgiving.

 Lori Farrell  

                                 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school

515-266-3433 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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