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Here are some prompting guides you can use at home when reading with your child.



Helping Your Child Monitor His/Her Reading


  • Check it.

  • Were you right?

  • What could you check?ather and children reading

  • Does it look right and sound right?

  • It has to make sense and sound right.

  • What would make sense, sound right and look like that?

  • Something wasn’t quite right on this page. Can you find it?

  • What’s wrong with this?

  • Try that again.

  • Can it be _____ or _____? (Can it be “can” or “come”?)



Helping Your Child Self-Monitor

  • Are you right? (Ask this question occasionally even when your child is correct.)

  • Does that make sense? (If your child says, “Yes”, reread the sentence the way the child read it and ask again, “Does that make sense? Try that again and see if you can fix it to make sense."

  • Does it look right? Do a slow check with your finger.


Helping Your Child Comprehend

  • What have you read? Retell the story. (It is helpful for young readers to think about and the beginning, middle and end of the story.)

  • Was there a “tricky” (confusing) part? What don’t you understand? (Clarify)

  • What are you thinking? (If your child is confused, share YOUR thinking with them. This is calling Thinking Aloud.)

  • You said….: Prompt: Does that make sense?

  • What do you like about the character? (Have them be specific citing examples from the text.)

  • What didn’t you like about the character?

  • What was the problem in this story?

  • How was the problem solved?

  • What do you think might happen next?

  • Did this story make you think of anything? Have your child try to make a personal connection with the story. Does it remind you of another story? Does it remind you of something you've done?   



Helping Your Child With Fluency and Phrasing
  • Try reading it with your eyes (no finger pointing).
  • How would the character say that? Can you make your reading sound like talking?
  • Let's put these words together. (Model)
  • Read with your child to model smooth, fluent reading.
  • Are you listening to yourself?
  • Did it sound like talking?
  • Can you read this (sentence or two) quickly? 
  • Read it all smoothly.
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  • Put it altogether.
  • Make your voice go down at the end of the sentence.
  • Change your voice when you see the exclamation point (excited mark!). 
  • Change your voice when you see these marks on the page (bold face print).  ("I cannot go down the tree," said Little Chimp.)