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Helping Your Child Become a Strong Reader

Did you know that children who read proficiently (on or above grade level) by 3rd grade are more likely to graduate high school?

Teaching reading is not just a "school" responsibility. As a community, it is everyone's role to help our children be strong readers.

Reading Storybook

Strategies for Young Readers

  • Check the picture. What do you think this story will be about?

  • Break the word into parts: fan - tas - tic

  • "Track" with your finger. Move finger under each word as you read it.

  • When reading a sentence, ask "Does this make sense?"

  • Reread the sentence. Try to read "smooth as butter."

  • When reading a difficult word, look for part of the word that you know. FUNny

  • When reading hard words, cover the ending of the word.

Reminders for Good Readers

  • PREDICT (preview) - What do you think will happen in the book? (Look at the title, cover, & pictures)  

  • PICTURE IT (visualize) - Draw pictures in your mind as you read.

  • QUESTION -Ask who, what, where, when, why questions to decide if what you are reading makes sense.

  • CONNECT - Find ways to relate the text to yourself or the world around you.

  • IDENTIFY - What is the author's purpose?

  • SUMMARIZE - Draw conclusions about what you have read.

  • EVALUATE - Think about what you have read.

Resources & Reminders for Parents

  • READ to your children. 

  • LET your child help you make the grocery list.

  • ASK your child to help you read labels, directions (environmental print).

  • ENCOURAGE your child to read out loud to you.


  • TRACK with your finger when you read to your child.

  • ASK your child questions about what you have read together.


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