Salina Super Stars

Dearborn Public Schools

Literacy- Beth Gorman & Salma Saad


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Here are some reading strategies you may try at home:

Parent Strategy: Check for Understanding

As a reader and a learner sometimes we read along and then realize, what was I reading? We drift off or lose focus. Sometimes we need to think about our comprehension. We need to use the strategy: Check for Understanding, because readers stop frequently and check for understanding or to ask who and what questions.

How can you help with this at home?

  1. When read to/or with your child, stop and say, “Let’s see what we just read. Think about the who the story is about and the what happened. ” Do this several times throughout the story.
  2. Use the phrase “I heard you say….” and reiterate and check for understanding in the story.
  3. Ask your child questions like:

Who did you just read about?

What just happened?

Was your brain talking while you were reading?

What just happened?

What should you do if you don’t remember?

Thank you for your support at home!

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CAFE Strategy: Blend Sounds, Stretch and Reread

Beginning readers spend a lot of time decoding and sounding out new words. This is an essential early literacy strategy. Beginning readers first learn individuals sounds and this can create choppy sounding beginning words.

Taking individual sounds and blending them together can be a very important first step to becoming a reader. As with any skill it is important to practice, practice and practice even more! Here are a few ideas on how you can help your child with this strategy at home.

1. When reading and blending sounds together, tell your child to listen for a familiar word.

2. Give your child a large rubber band and have them pull it slowly larger and stretch it while saying a simple three letter word ( bat, dog, cat, cap, hat, dig). Write the word down so as the child stretches the rubber band they are also looking at the letters/word. When they are finished with saying all the sounds, say the word blended together and release the rubber band.

3. When reading, say to your child, “Say each letter as you stretch and then put them together quickly and say it fast.” Show your child: d-o g….dog.

4. If your child still is struggling or sounds choppy, try singing as they say the word.

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