Reading with your child is a rewarding experience. Here are some tips to get the best results for children who are levels 0 through level 3.
Look at the title. Ask “what do you think the story will be about?” Take a book walk. Look at the pictures. Find hard words and discuss them. Set a purpose for reading. “We are reading to find out...”
You can read aloud, you can take turns reading each page, or your child may read to you with a bit of help if needed.
Discuss the book. Talk about the characters, the main idea, the setting, your child’s favorite parts, and any problems and solutions. Also, discuss the type of stories such as fiction or non-fiction. The point of view that the author used to tell the story. Retell the story and check predictions. Have your child rate each book in a reading log and journal about their favorite book of the month.
Spend time with all levels of books.
Books that are easy to read by themselves. Books that are precisely the right reading level. Books that are above the reading level are “someday” books. All types of books should be available to your reader.
Make reading fun.
Choose a reading space and make connections between books and real life. Act out the stories or have your child write about how they would change the story. Keep books with you in the car, in their room, and even in the bathroom. Re-read some books that are below reading level.
Read everything, everywhere you go.
Read cereal boxes, menus, recipes, and road signs. Words are everywhere! Read the same book many times and keep a fresh supply of new books. Read every night at bedtime. Have your child set reading goals using a goal-setting sheet.
Don’t forget to promote them to the next reading level when they are ready.