Created by potrace 1.14, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017


Remember to:

  • Acknowledge and celebrate your child’s successes, no matter how small they may seem. Your child will stay enthusiastic about their work.
  • Read with your child everyday. The more your child is immersed in text, the easier reading becomes for them.
  • Read all weekly newsletters. This will help homework, spelling words and any reminders of activities going on in the classroom.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns with your child’s education. I am always here to help.

Writing Activities

  • Have your child describe pictures from magazines or photos, then have them write a few sentences about the picture.
  • Write about experiences, trips, visits, etc…
  • Let your child write the shopping list!
  • Always ask questions about their writing:
    1. Tell me about your picture?
    2. Could you write a story about that?
    3. Whose in your story?
    4. How can you describe your characters?
    5. What’s the main idea of your story?
    6. How would you like your story to end?

Lastly, when encouraging you child to write, focus on the writing, not them. Use I rather than you statements. For example, “I’m having trouble reading this – what did you mean?

Have fun!!!

Reading a book at the right reading level:

How do you know if a book is helping your child become a better reader? Use this technique. Have your child read a page from the book. If they can read all of the words correctly, then the book is too easy for them. If they miss 2-3 words on the page then the book is just right. If they miss 5 or more words the book is too hard. Having a child read at a challenging level helps them become better readers.

Photograph of Father, Son & Mother reading and laughing.

Reading Strategies for Parents

This is a list of strategies to help your child decode unfamiliar words.

  • Have your child look at the picture. Tell them that the picture is a clue to the unfamiliar word. This works only if the picture applies to the text being read.
  • Have your child look for familiar chunks in a word; for example, at, in, sat, or, in, fit.
  • Ask the child if the word looks like another word they know. Does hook look like cook?
  • Ask the child to read on. Often times they can figure out the word by making sense of the sentence.
  • Give them opposites. If the word is hot, say this word is the opposite of cold. Or give them a clue such as, you should never touch a stove because it may be… (Let them fill in the blank).
  • If your child says a word wrong while reading, ask questions.
    • Does it make sense?
    • Does it sound right?
    • Does it look right?

These strategies will help your child feel more successful when reading.

What to Do When you Can’t Read a Word…

  • Look at the pictures.
  • Think about what would make sense.
  • Think about what would sound right.
  • Read on, and then come back to the hard word and try again.
  • Point to the words.
  • See if it looks like a word you have seen before.
  • Look at the letters.
  • Look at the word again… beginning, middle and end.
  • find words within words (in to = into).

More Questions to ask to build reading strategies…

Semantic – Meaning

What would make sense?

Would ___ fit there?

Look at the picture.

What happened when…

You said ___ does that make sense?

What you read this quickly. Does it make sense?

Read on. What would make sense?

Say the words together so it sounds like talking.

Syntax -Word/Letter Order

Go back to the beginning of the sentence.

Do those words sound right together?

Does that sound right?

Would ___ fit there?

You said ___. Do those words fit together?

Can you say it that way?

What could you try there?

Read on. What would fit there?

It has to be a real word, a word you know. Does it sound right?

Graphophonic – Letter/sound

Sound the first letter/s.

What does ___ start/end with?

Read it as you point to each word. Did the words match what you said?

Do you think it looks like ___?

Point to each word.

What did you think you would see at the beginning? At the end?

You found two parts to that word ___ and ___.

What happens when you have a silent e?

What happens sometimes when you have two vowels?

Does that look right to you?