20 minutes of nightly reading is a requirement for all
McAuliffe students. This is truly the best way to improve reading. Make it a
family activity, where everyone reads together. It helps students if they have
someone to discuss the reading with or if they write a
response. Discussion/response topics can include events, characters, connections
made, questions they have, and summarizing the piece. Parents should show that
they value reading by being interested in the students' reading and allowing
their children to see them enjoying reading as well. Check out the reading
strategies below to help your child improve their reading skills.
Decoding and Fluency
1. Look at the picture.
2. Look for
the beginning, middle, and ending sounds.
3. Does it make sense?
5. Chunk it (look for chunks within the word that you
1. Give a retelling of the story.
Discuss character traits and how characters may have changed in the story.
4. Make predictions both before and during
5. Picture what is happening in your head.
6. Write a
7. Make a connection to the story.
8. Determine which events or
details are the most important.
9. Determine what the author is trying to
10. Break the story into smaller sections to discuss if
comprehension seems difficult.