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    How to Support Your Student Reading
    Posted on 02/10/2021
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    Students have been working hard to practice their reading skills. We wanted to share some ways families can practice reading with students over mid-winter break and have fun doing it!

    Click the links below to learn to support your student with:

    • Sounding out words
    • Echo reading and Choral Reading to practice fluency

    You can use any book or poem you have at home or on Seesaw

    K-1 Decoding

    1. Have your child read out loud.
    2. If your child gets stuck on a word, encourage them to sound out the word.

    Identify the individual sounds of the word

    Stuck on the word --> fan

    First sound? /ffff/
    Next? / ăăăă/
    Keep going… /nnnn/

    Blend the sounds together --> fan

     

    2-3 Decoding

    1. Have your child read out loud
    2. If your child gets stuck on a word, encourage them to sound out the word

    Break the word down into syllables

    Stuck on the word --> tomorrow

    Let’s break up the word by syllables
    to . mor . row

    Try for the real word --> tomorrow


    Fluency Practice at Home

    Choose a just-right book, a book from school, part of a favorite book, or a poem to practice reading out loud.
    Read aloud often, in any language, to your child so they hear what fluent reading sounds like.
    Practice reading along with your child using either choral or echo reading.

    Choral Reading

    1. Choose 1-2 sentences or a short section of a text for you and your child to read aloud.

     2. Tell your child to read along with you at the same speed so your voices sound like one voice.

    3. Continue reading, choosing a new section of the text to read together.

    Echo Reading

    1. Choose 1-2 sentences or a short section of a text and read it aloud.

    2. Tell your child to listen carefully to your voice so they can “echo” it back to you.

     3. Child then reads the same part back to you exactly as you read it.