Parents can support instruction
at home by applying the four Rs for family reading: Review,
Re-Read, Refresh, and Rejoice.
- Review the cover of a book with your child. Before
reading a book, its important to first discuss the pictures and
words on the cover. Read the authors biography on the inside
or back cover of the book. Your child will hear the sounds
that make up words as you are reading. Ask her to repeat and
sound out the words on the cover.
- Re-read the story. Children love to read and hear
stories over and over! As they hear the story repeatedly, they
become familiar with the sounds they hear and the letters that
represent those sounds. You can also take turns reading the
story, encouraging your child to practice reading naturally with
- Refresh your memory and your childs memory. Ask
questions about the story after youve finished reading.
Discuss the 5Ws and the H: who, what, when, where, why, how.
Discussing a story helps your child find meaning in the words. Find new words in a book or the newspaper, and discuss them.
- Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Remember that
reading is fun. Share your interest in reading with your
child. Show your child how much you enjoy reading a good book
and the newspaper. Often children will pretend to read just
like mom and dad do, especially if the adults look as though theyre
having a good time reading. Express lots of enthusiasm and
excitement when it comes to reading. This motivates your child