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  • 1. Parents and Children Reading Together at Home Liz Oldridge Resource Teacher: Literacy Nelson Central School [email_address]
  • 2. Reading to
    • You may have tangible wealth untold
    • Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold
    • Richer than I, you will never be
    • I had a parent who read to me
  • 3. It’s true
    • Reading is the cornerstone of success
    • Children who read more achieve more
    • Reading is a vital life skill
    • Reading is the basis for all good communication
  • 4. Tessa Duder says
    • A quote from a well-known NZ author of children’s books:
    • “ If I had my time again as a parent, I would go on sharing books with my daughters much longer than I did. I allowed - because they were all good readers, who could read themselves to sleep - that special time of reading aloud at bedtime to fall away far too soon. We never made it alas to myths, legends and a chapter-a-night novels.”
  • 5. Supporting your Child
    • Never do for the child what they can do for themselves
    • Holding the book
    • Pointing
    • Monitoring
  • 6. Learning to Read
    • Orientation, directionality, 1:1
    • Monitoring
    • Kinds of information: meaning, syntax (sense) and visual
    • Searching, rerunning and fixing up errors
    • Fluency and phrasing
  • 7. Choose the moment
    • The right time and place
    • Ensure no distractions; TV off!
    • Make sure you have the time
    • Don’t let it become stressful; read the book to your child
    • Remember, little kids get tired
  • 8. Concerns
    • Too tired/too busy
    • Books are too hard/too easy
    • Child not interested- hard to motivate
    • Child brings home a book they’ve brought home before
    • No book coming home
  • 9. Dos and don’ts
    • If the book is too hard, just read it to him
    • If he is a bit reluctant, read a page each
    • Don’t expect him to know every word
    • Always talk through the book first. This reminds him what the story is about
  • 10. We’re not trying to trick them!
    • The pictures are there for a reason
    • Reading a word on one page doesn’t mean you know it
    • Reading at home practises strategies he controls and is a chance to show off- not a teaching session
    • Celebrate what he can do
  • 11. What you can do
    • Share the book- look at the illustrations
    • Ask questions to help him understand the story
    • Ask him to retell the story
    • We want to build confidence and make reading at home enjoyable
  • 12. Positively supporting
    • PLEASE don’t ask him to sound out the letters
    • Looking for recognisable chunks
    • ‘ What do you know about that word that can help you?’
    • Talk about the meanings of words
  • 13. Pause
    • When reading, let the child fix up the error if possible. Give him a chance to think.
    • This means:
    • Don’t say anything
    • Don’t point
    • Count to 10… slowly!
  • 14. Prompt – giving a clue
    • If the reader stops at a difficulty:
    • Say “Try that again”
    • Ask him to read on to the end of the sentence (from about 6 ½ to 7 yrs)
    • Ask him to look at the first sound and think about what would make sense
    • Is there a clue in the picture?
    • Tell them the word
  • 15. Praise
    • Lots of it!
    • Be specific
    • I like the way you fixed that up by yourself.
    • Great expression; it sounded just like talking
    • You tried to fix that word. You nearly got it right.
  • 16. When he makes a mistake
    • Does that fit with the story?
    • Does that make sense?
    • Does it sound right?
    • Does it look right?
    • Make meaning the focus always
  • 17. Specific prompts
    • If the word doesn’t make sense, ask a question about meaning
    • If the word makes sense but is incorrect, give a visual or sound prompt. i.e. direct attention to what the word looks/sounds like. “It could be, but look at …”
  • 18. Be encouraging
    • Accept his efforts
    • Remember to praise when he attempts and doesn’t succeed
    • Avoid criticism, threats and comparison with other children
    • Encourage him to take a risk- it’s okay to make an error; you can fix it up
  • 19. Making it work
    • Any concerns? Direct them to the teacher
    • Ask the teacher how you can support what they are teaching your child
    • You are the parent; it’s a very special role
    • Learning to read is a very complex business. Don’t lose sight of how hard these little people have to work to gain control of it.
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