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Reading Strategies for Students

Reading Strategies for Students

The "A B C's" of reading to and with your child.

  • Ask questions while reading together. “What do you think will happen next?”
  • Buy books as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays.
  • Chat about what is happening in the book and how it relates to everyday life.
  • Drop everything and read.  Set aside 20 minutes a day during which the whole family reads.
  • Examine book illustrations in detail. Select book that have large, bright pictures.
  • Find books that interest you. Make suggestions, but don’t turn reading into work.
  • Give hints when your child gets stuck on a word.
  • Have fun. Smile and enjoy the story. Read with a slow, relaxed voice and be expressive.
  • Invite your child to the bookstore. Take time to lounge in the chairs and browse the books.
  • Join in your child’s reading successes. Celebrate every small step with sincere praise.
  • Kids love to receive mail. Send your child a magazine subscription in an area that interests them.
  • Learn to read with, and not just to, your child daily. Read aloud, share ideas, and answer questions.
  • Model reading. Share with your child, whether you’re reading for information or for entertainment.
  • Never force your child to read. If you’re both too tired or discouraged to read, take a break.
  • Offer your child a variety of reading materials, such as books, magazines, cereal boxes, comics, and newspapers.
  • Predict story elements, draw conclusions, and retell the story with your child.
  • Quiz your child at the end of a story. Informally, of course!
  • Reread books to familiarize your child with words and to build self-confidence.
  • Sing songs, recite poetry, and do finger plays to help develop language and listening skills.
  • Try to help your child understand that it’s okay to make mistakes.
  • Understand that reading is developmental and that it takes time and practice to become fluent.
  • Visit your local library on a regular basis. Sign your child up for his or her own library card.
  • Welcome wordless picture books into your collections. They generate conversation and allow the non-reader to create their own stories.
  • “Xihibt” patience when your child is selecting books. Your support is empowering.
  • You are the most important person in helping your child develop a lifelong love of reading.
  • Zealous readers are the result of supportive and nurturing role models.

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