Parent Reading Strategies

You are your child’s first teacher and reading with your child is a proven way to promote early literacy. Helping make sure your child is reading on grade level by third grade is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them for their future. By reading with your child for 20 minutes per day and trying a few simple strategies, you can make a positive impact on your child’s success in school. Check it out!

Echo Reading - Improve fluency with echo reading

Develop print concepts and higher order thinking with pre-reading questioning. Have your reader identify the title, author, and predict before reading

Hink Pinks . . .

The Hink Pinks game is a literacy activity that encourages word play and reinforces rhyming, syllabication, and critical thinking. Students make up riddles that have two-word rhyming answers. If each word is one syllable, the riddle is a HInk Pink. For example, “What do you call an obese feline?” The answer is a fat cat. Another example would be “What do you call bread batter that is not fast?” The answer is slow dough. Or, “What do you call ancient mildew?” Old mold. If the solution has two-syllable rhyming words, the clue giver says, “This is a Hinky Pinky.” For example, a Hinky Pinky would be, “What do you call a really great flower?” An awesome blossom. If the answer has three syllables each, it’s a Hinkety Pinkety and so forth. You may point out to older children how rhyming words do not always share the same spelling at the end, even if the words sound the same. You can also point out that the most logical answers consist of an adjective and a noun--but sometimes the silly ones are more fun! It’s good for long car rides, long waits in restaurants, or just for fun!

Here is a third grade class trying out the game!

Sound Substitution Parent Video

Stacy Ansel- Sound Substitution (Beginning, Middle, and End) Changing out sounds to make new words is an excellent way to support literacy development. This video will show you how to use sound substitution in a variety of ways, all you need is a child to practice with!

Stacy Ansel- Segmenting and Blending

Do you ever wonder what you could do at home to support your child's reading development? Try this simple activity by having your child listen and respond.

Erin Williamson: Elkonin Boxes

Elkonin Boxes are a tool to assist with the development of Phonological Awareness. This allows the child to say a word slowly and segment the sounds as he/she pushes tokens into boxes. This process will assist your child as he/she begins to write words independently.

Consonant Digraph Game Parent Video

Michelle Angel - Word Building Strategy.

Do you want to help your student with spelling? This Making Words activity is a creative way for students to learn spelling patterns and become good decoders. It is also a great hands-on activity to help struggling readers.