Reading with my First Grader

Helping Your Child At Home

Reading
1. Read every night for 15-20 minutes.
2. Help your child find a quiet, comfortable place to read.
3. Read with your child.
4. Discuss the stories you read with your child (see handout Comprehension Questions to ask your child)
5. Keep reading time relaxed and enjoyable!

Responding to Reading Errors
1. Give your child 15-20 seconds wait time. See what s/he attempts to do themselves.
2. Ask, What would make sense there?
3. Ask, What do you think that word could be?”
4. Tell your child, Use the picture to help you.
5. Tell your child, Go back to the beginning and try that again.
6. Tell your child, Skip it and read to the end of the sentence or paragraph. Now what do you think it is?
7. Tell your child, Put in a word that makes sense.”
8. Tell your child, Look at how that word begins. Start it out and keep reading.
9. Tell your child the word.

** Most important, focus on what your child is doing well and attempting to do! Remain loving and supportive!
MORE Reading Tips For Parents

If your child says a word that doesn’t make sense, say:
·      You said . . . . Does that make sense?
·      Reread.  What word would make sense there?
·      Read on then go back to that word.
·      Lets look at the picture then look at that word again.

If your child says a word that doesn’t match the sounds of the letters in the word, say:
·      Does that look right?
·      If it was . . . what would it begin with?
·      If it was . . . what would it end with?
·      What does the word begin with?
·      What does the word end with?
·      Do a slow check on the word with your finger.

If your child says a word that doesn’t match the sounds of the letter in the word, say:
·      You said . . . Does that sound right?
·      Do we say it that way?
·      Reread.  What would sound right?

Spelling
When your child asks you how to spell a word, here are some questions you can ask that may help him/her figure out the correct spelling:

1. Does it look right?
2. Can you try it another way?
3. How does the word start? How does it end?
4. What sounds do you hear?
5. Do you know how to spell a word that rhymes with this word?

After your child’s attempts, verify the spelling by confirming the spelling or supplying the correct form.

Comprehension Questions to Ask Your Child

§     From the title of the story, what do you think this story will be about?
§     Tell me what has happened so far.
§     What is the problem in this story? How do you think it will be solved?
§     What do you think will happen next? What do you think will happen at the end?
§     Who are the main characters?
§     Do you like or dislike the characters? Why?
§     Did any of the characters change? If yes, how did they change?
§     If you could be any character in this story, who would you be? Why would you be that character?
§     What is this story mostly about?
§     How do you feel after reading this story? Why?
§     What part was the funniest? The saddest? The most exciting?
§     Where does this story take place?
§     Describe the place with your words.
§     Does a character in the story remind you of anyone else you have read about or anyone you know?