• Try some of the following activities to help your child with learning at home.



    Have conversations before, during, and after reading together.

    Having conversations when reading with children helps them develop higher- level thinking and language skills, such as predicting, problem solving, or contrasting. While reading books aloud, ask the child questions and talk about the content of the story together before, during, and after reading.

    • Use open-ended questions to ask the child to think about the book’s messages and what is happening. See the box below for examples of questions to ask children when reading different types of books.
    • Ask the child to apply the book’s messages to the world around him by connecting events to his own life.
    • Ask more and more complex questions, so the child continues to build her vocabulary and language skills.

    What skills will this activity help build?
    Having conversations about what they are reading helps children build vocabulary and develop skills using language typically found in school settings. Building their skills to think and connect ideas from many contexts allows children to follow more complex language, which they might find in stories, instructions, and descrip- tions of historical events or nature.


    Example questions for

    informational books

    that explain facts about the world such as books about animals


    Why do birds fly south for the winter?

    What would happen if you planted a tree in the dessert?

    Why is it important to recycle?


    Example questions for

    narrative books

    that are about a series of events, whether fictional or non-fictional, such as stories


    Why did the character do what he did?

    What else could she have done?

    If you were in that story, what would you have done?




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     Help children learn how to break sentences into words and words into syllables.

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     Help children sound out words smoothly.