Reading session for parents of young readers

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The Reading Process

The Reading ProcessSupporting your young reader at homeKey IndicatorsRole play phase:listens to and talks about books displays reading like behaviorknows that print carries a messageselects texts primarily for enjoymentmakes links to own experienceidentifies and talks about familiar characters or people from books

Key IndicatorsExperimental Phasedemonstrates comprehension of textdemonstrates that print remains constantmaintains a storylinepicks just right bookshas opinions about books that are read

Key IndicatorsEarly phaseLocates and selects texts appropriate to purpose, interest and readabilityExpresses and justifies personal responsesUses different strategies to work out unknown wordsComprehension can be lost if text is too difficultReading in KindergartenStarting with the basics

Concepts of printDeveloping alphabet awarenessUnderstand that illustrations and print convey meaning

Reading strategiesRecognise rhyme and patterned languageMake predictionsRetell known storiesSequence events of a story

Decoding Sounding out - also a strategy but it has some pitfalls.Reading is not just about decoding.

What else do good readers do?Make connectionsUse meaning, visual and memory cuesBegin to understand how to pick just right booksReading with your 2nd Grade Child

Reading is Thinking!

Switch from learning to read to reading to learn.Focus on developing fluency and comprehension skills.

Understanding the text beyond what is explicitly stated.

More important than ever at this stage, that parents reinforce the good reading habits worked so hard to encourage Keep doing what youve been doing up till now

Support just as important now. Don't stop just because they can read independently.Being able to decode is only first step in becoming a confident, fluent reader.

Comprehension StrategiesWe explicitly teach specific strategies that develop understanding:

Predicting: What do you think will happen?Making connections: This reminds me of...Keeping track of thinking: I wonder why..., This makes me think...Making inferences: How do you think this character is feeling? Why?Activate and connect background knowledge: what do I already know about this?Summarising: main events of story

Read easier texts when learning comprehension strategies. If text too difficult can't use strategies, all mental effort goes on decoding.

What can you do at home?Continue with a bedtime storyHelp your child find books he/she lovesLet your child read below his levelMake time in his/ her day for readingPractice what you preach

Continue with a bedtime story. Very important. Listening to a story is a very different experience to reading independently and can be very calming after a busy day of school.allows them to enjoy books that are too difficult to read on their own Help your child find books he loves. Need to learn how to choose a just right book. Expose to lots of different types of books. Take time to choose. Visit library, bookshop.Let your child read below his level. Reading is meant to be enjoyable so dont panic if your child wants to read books that you consider well below his reading relaxing and it also will boost his reading confidence.we don't always read hard books. Magazines etc.Make time in his day for reading. Fifteen minutes reading in bed before the light goes out is not only a great way to unwind, but also demonstrates the value you place on reading.Practice what you preach.! When you make time to read yourself, your child will understand the value of reading Talk to your child about what he is readingAsk questions about the book:

What do you think will happen next?Why do you think that ...?What does this book make you think about?Home and around as a learning environment.Making connections in the environmentTransferable skill -Why picture clues are importantDifferent genresDifferent languagesPurposeModelling and playing

Mem FoxReading Magic: are important in the reading processYou have shown him picture books. You have read him books from the time he was tiny. You have talked about the book cover, the pictures, the characters. You have shown him how to turn pages. You have chanted the alphabet and taught him the alphabet song. He understands the meaning of words and knows the power of a good story. He has heard you think out aloud about what it all could mean. He goes off to school and at some point he starts reading all by himself. You have watered your child day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. You have given him a solid foundation of language. It has taken time. But now his root system is deep and strong. He stands tall: reader, learner, adventurer in life. QuestionsResources for ParentsBooks to read:

Reading Magic by Mem FoxWhy reading aloud to our children will change their lives foreverResources for ParentsWebsite:

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