6 Reading TIPS for Your First Grader
TIP 3: Pair read with your child. Pair reading means that you and your child read the words ‘simultaneously.’ You don’t say the word and then have them echo it, but rather strive to have them say the word ‘with’ you. It takes practice to minimize echoing. To help your child, have point to each word as you go. As they get proficient and start to read the words before you say the word, set up a signal for them to use to let you know they want to read out loud themselves. Perhaps raising a finger or tapping the page will work. When they come to a point of struggle, just simply jump back in reading simultaneously with them. Pair reading is a great way for your child to read a book that may be challenging for their reading ability level, but they are very interested in the book.
TIP 4: When reading a book for the first time, do a picture walk. Cover up the words on a page and ask your child to describe what they think is happening on that page. Tell them, “as we read we will check and see if your predictions are correct.”
TIP 5: Help your child develop a large ‘sight word’ vocabulary. Did you know that most of the text we read throughout our lives is majority sight words? These are words that we recognize instantly and do not ‘sound them out.’ Many do not ‘play fair by our sound rules’ which means we just have to know them the instant we see them. [http://www.lindamoodbell.com] Most commonly used are the Dolch sight word list or Fry’s list.
TIP 6: By mid-first grade, if your child stumbles with a word, help them solve the puzzle…don’t rush to just give them the word!
- Ask them to get their mouth ready to say the first sound, then the second, then the third. Blend the sounds together to say the word.
- Use picture clues in the story.
- Skip the word and read to the end of the sentence, then come back to the word. Many times, the other words in the whole sentence will help identify the unknown word for them.
- If they say the wrong word, question to the point of the error. Point to the word they misread. Say, “let’s look at this word again.” For example, if they say bat for the word pat, tell them that you see ‘p’** but heard ‘b’** for this word. **THE CORRECT WAY TO DO THIS IS TO SAY THE ‘SOUND’ for the letter AND NOT NAME THE LETTER SYMBOL in the word. This is more challenging for parents because YOU have to be familiar with the correct sounds for letter symbols and letter patterns!
- Ask Mrs. C for help with letter sounds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kristin Anderson Cetone, Reading Specialist & Author