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Family Involvement with Reading Recovery

Family involvement adds to your child’s success.

Nightly homework consists of:

¬Listening to your child read the books he/she brings home daily. These are books your child has read before to help build their fluency and confidence.

¬Supervising while your child puts together his/her cut up sentence.

¬Returning books to school each day in the reading bag along with the signed reading log.

¬Communicating with your child’s teachers if you have questions or concerns.

Other Ideas:

  • Come watch a Reading Recovery lesson at your child’s school.

  • Read a favorite book to your child or write a story with them. It is important for them to see you as a reader and writer too!

  • Talk with your child about stories read both before and after they read.

  • Have your child at school on time every day. The Reading Recovery teacher schedules a 30 minute time slot each day to work with your child and this special time is valuable. Missing daily lessons means your child will make slower progress.

  • Praise your child’s efforts in reading and writing. Your encouragement makes a big difference!

When your child comes to a word they don’t know…

You may have told your child to “sound it out” when they come to an unknown word, but we encourage you to try some of these other strategies instead. Phonics is an important part of reading, but reading for meaning is the most important goal for early readers.

  • Give your child wait time of 5-10 seconds so that they can try to solve it themselves.

  • Allow your child to use picture clues to help them gather meaning. This is a helpful tool for early readers.

  • You can say “Reread that first part and think about your story.”

  • Ask “What do you think that word could be?”

  • Say “Check that word again, what do you see that might help you?”

  • If they still don’t solve the tricky word, tell them the word by by asking “Could that word be _____?”

  • Have the child re-read the sentence to make sure it makes sense, sounds right, and looks right.

  • Remember to always praise their good attempts!

Physical Address: 25 Oakland Avenue | Inman, SC 29349
Phone: (864) 472-8403 | Fax: (864) 472-7839
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