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Improve Reading with “Picture Walks”

Many children need some help over the summer to improve their reading abilities or to keep them from slipping (the summer slide).  You can help your children improve reading with “Picture Walks”. A “picture walk” is a pre-reading strategy that is great for children of all ages. Children preview the book they are about to read from cover to cover asking the 5 w’s

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The Importance of Inferring

Whether we know it or not, all of us make assumptions or come to conclusions as we read.  When we read that a character left the house holding an umbrella, we assume that it is raining.  When a character has to stretch to reach a top shelf, we come to the conclusion that the character is short.  These assumptions and conclusions are called inferences.

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader through Explicit Instruction (2 of 4)

Children can struggle when learning to read for many reasons.  There may be an underlying disability like dyslexia, a hearing or vision impairment, or difficulty focusing.  Other issues may arise from the lack of early reading experience.  However, even children who don’t have a diagnosed disability and had many early reading experiences may still struggle to learn how to read.  Helping your Struggling Beginning

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Reading Tips for Parents

Providing reading support at home for your child is important in developing their life-long love of reading. Here are some “reading tips for parents” of what you can do at home to support your children’s need to read: Check for comprehension! – ask questions while you are reading a story with your child to make sure they understand what they are reading. Take a “picture

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Studying an Author

Completing an author study is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the books your child is reading.  An author study involves reading several books by the same author and then learning about the author’s life as well.  It is a little more work than just letting your children read, but the benefits are worth the extra work. Choose an Author While their are

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Improving Reading Comprehension

Even the best readers can sometimes struggle with reading comprehension.  As parents, you can help your child learn to not only read the words, but also understand what they are reading. What is Reading Comprehension? Reading comprehension is simply understanding what you read.  Answering questions about the story, figuring out what might happen next, thinking about what you know about the story and its

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Make Connections While Reading a Story

Make Connections While Reading a Story A good reader can usually make connections while reading a story.  This means that he will be able to relate the story to either his own ideas, other stories he has read, or events that have happened to him.  You can help your child make connections by encouraging him to not just read words, but to also think

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Decoding Strategies for Beginning Readers at Home

Helping your beginning readers to practice their decoding comprehension skills is an important activity to build their independent reading ability and overall reading confidence.   Here are some strategies that you can use at home to help build their reading ability. First, you should allow them to choose books that they want to read rather than assigning them books to read like they are in

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