- Discuss favorite stories that you’ve read together.
- Continue reading aloud to your child and encourage them to read to you at their level.
- Tell your child what you are thinking about the story as you read it out loud.
- Play with compound words with a word part left out: What word would you have if you took “foot” away from “football”? (ball)
- Play with compound words by asking…”What word would you get if you put “hot” and “dog” together.
- Share with your child’s teacher writing samples from home and what you notice about their reading.
- Let your child see you reading (books, newspapers, mail, directions, recipes, e-mail…) and writing (grocery lists, notes, letters, e-mail…)
- Visit the library regularly.
- Make sure your child has lots of books available for them to read at home.
- Make places for your child to read at home.
- Encourage your child to talk about their reading and writing.
- When sharing a book together ask higher-level thinking questions.
*How did you know that was going to happen…?
*If you were ____ what would you do, or what would you be thinking…?
*What do you think will happen next? Why?
*Why do you think…?
*Who is your favorite character? Why?
*Every story has a problem. What was the problem in our story and how was it solved?
Additional Information: Source: Raising a Reader, 2017