The Learning Pad
Our balanced literacy program includes word work (working with letters and sounds), guided reading, shared reading, opportunities for fluency development, and workshops. We use songs, poems, stories, read alouds, group discussions, and many other techniques to immerse ourselves in language.
* Look for word chunks
* Say the beginning sound
* Stretch the word out
* Check for meaning: Does that make sense?
* Skip the word and read to the end of the sentence then Reread
* Do the sounds fit the letters?
* Use picture clues.
* Activate schema: think about the things you know and have experienced that relate to what you are reading.
* Predict: thinking about what you think might happen.
* Picture walks: flip through the pages and look at the pictures.
* Use picture clues to confirm information
* Question: What did you learn? What do you wonder about?
* Make connections: this reminds me of...
* Infer: thinking that helps you understand the story; based on clues the author gives. (Differs from prediction because it cannot be confirmed.)
* Draw conclusions
Reading Strategy Web Links
How can I help my child become a fluent reader?
I'm so glad you asked. =) Read, read, read, read! Read to your child, read with your child. Make reading fun. Enjoy reading. Model reading. Make reading a regular and fun part of life. Fill your child's life with books. Children who love books will want to read.
Listen to your child read often, share the text with them. Alternate reading turns.
When your child comes to an unknown word give them think time to look at the word and attempt it on their own. If they need help suggest some strategies they can use to figure out the word. Work with them to figure out the word together.