Reading Tips for Parents from Reading Rockets:
Gently correct your young reader
When your child makes a mistake, gently point out the letters he or she overlooked or read incorrectly. Many beginning readers will guess wildly at a word based on its first letter.
Talk, talk, talk!
Talk with your child every day about school and things going on around the house. Sprinkle some interesting words into the conversation, and build on words you've talked about in the past.
Write, write, write!
Ask your child to help you write out the grocery list, a thank you note to Grandma, or to keep a journal of special things that happen at home. When writing, encourage your child to use the letter and sound patterns he is learning at school.When your child gets stuck on a word they can...
-get their mouth ready for the beginning sound or sounds up to the vowel.
-look at the picture and think about what would make sense.
-run their finger under the word and say the sounds or word parts they know.
-see what they know about the word (chunk it or break it into smaller words they know)
-skip it and then go back and think about what would make sense
Have a great week!