Creating smart readers is my goal as a Reading Specialist. I’ve given advice to hundreds of parents who are worried because their children struggle with Reading comprehension. This Blog contains information, tips, and tricks for busy parents who want to raise their kids to be smart readers – children who think about what they read.
My jumbo read-aloud book will be your guide. It contains step-by-step instructions on how to read high-leveled picture book stories to your children in a certain way (including tricky words, reading skills & strategies, discussion questions, hidden meaning, and activities to take action about issues you and your children care about after reading). Don’t be put off when you see the words, “picture books.” I have searched for over 20 years to find suitable books to use in my reading lessons and those are the ones I used in my read-aloud guide. They definitely should not be read alone by your child. The benefit in using them is that you will become the “teacher” using my step-by-step instructions. You’ll be surprised at how easy, fun, and effective it is to use my suggested method at home to turn your ordinary or poor readers into extraordinary thinkers who can succeed at reading any school texts at any grade level. You see, thinking about what they are reading is the key to your child’s real success in school. As you follow my guidelines, you will model how good readers think. Your kids will be motivated to follow your lead when they read on their own. And, no worries – I am only an e-mail away if you have any questions.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Buy the read-aloud guide by clicking on the link at the top right.
- Acquire the books that appeal to you and your child.
- Before reading, use post-it notes to mark places where you want to stop and talk as you read each story.
- Choose after-reading activities with your child.
At the bottom of my Blog post, The Power of Play, http://The Power of Play , there are two sample read-aloud guides that you may use for free. Another Blog post you might find useful is Quick Main Idea Strategy. I have used this for every grade I’ve taught from 1-12 and it is what I consider to be the number one most important thing kids should be good at doing when they read. http://Quick Main Idea Strategy.
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