Setting the Scene
Help your child find a quiet, comfortable place to read.
Read yourself. Your child will see you as a model.
Read aloud to your child. Reread favorite stories.
Read with your child.
Talk about stories you read together.
Recognize the value of silent reading, too.
Keep reading time enjoyable and relaxed.
Responding to Mistakes
To help your child become an independent, self-correcting reader, try these ideas instead of saying "sound it out":
Wait 5 - 10 seconds. See what your child tries on his or her own.
"What would make sense here?"
"What do you think that word could be?"
"Let’s go back to the beginning and start again."
"Skip that word and read to the end of the sentence (or paragraph). Now what do you think it is?"
"Put in a word that would make sense there."
"You read that word before on another page. See if you can find it."
"Look at how that word begins. Start saying it out loud."
Most important: focus on what your child is doing well. Daily reading will help your child learn to read and love to read!