The following reading strategies are introduced as your child is learning to become a good reader. Please consistently use these strategies while reading with your child at home.


Look at the Picture
Use your eyes to "read" the pictures and look for clues.  Before reading the words on each page your child should take a look at the pictures and discuss what is going on.  



Get My Mouth Ready
Say the sound of the first letter. Cat = Cat. Your child should get their mouth ready for the sound and use the picture clue at the same time.

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Say the Sounds. Read the Word
Slowly say each sound in a word. Cat = C-a-t.

Look for a Part or a Chunk in the Word
Look for little chunks or sight words your child already knows inside of bigger words. Cat = Cat.

Go back and reread the sentence.  Ask yourself, "What would make sense?"

Read on, and Then Come Back 
Continue to read the sentence, skip the unknown word and then come back to fill in the unknown word.

Good Readers always ask themselves:
Does it look right?
Does it sound right?
Does it make sense?