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Helpful Hints for Helping Your Child to
Read At Home:
What do you do when you
come to a word you don't know?
  • Look at the picture.  Think about the story.
  • Go back and re-read your sentence to see if it makes sense.
  • Get your mouth ready.  Say the beginning sound.
  • Skip it and read to the end of the sentence and go back and ask: what would make sense?
  • Look at the letters.
  • Use the meaning clues in the sentence.
  • Does it look like another word you know?
  • Look for little words within big words.



Helpful Hints for Helping Your Child
Build Reading Comprehension:
Ask questions...
  • Why did you choose this book?
  • What do you think will happen next? What part of the text makes you thing that?
  • Does this book remind you of anything that has ever happened to you?
  • What have you been wondering as you read this?
  • Does this book make you think of anything else you have read?
  • Were there any words or phrases in your reading that you really like? Which ones?
  • What has been your favorite part of the book so far? Why?
  • Was there a part of the book that surprised you? Why?
  • Would you like to read another book by the same author? Why or why not?
  • Can you think of someone else you know who would like this book? Why?
  • Is this book too challenging, a little too easy, or just right for you? How do you know?
  • Were there any places in the book that had you confused? Did you reread to help you understand?
Helpful Hints for Helping Your Child to
Build Reading Fluency:
Fluency is very important in third grade. We want our students to read as if they are telling a story.  This is why it is a good idea to have children read familiar stories over and over again.  Once your child knows the story and the words, they can concentrate on making their reading interesting and enjoyable.  It is also important for children to hear what fluent readers sound like so remember to also read to your child each day!
Remember to read everyday!