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13 Reads: Supporting reading at home

Children learn to read by reading

Literacy is an ongoing problem in West Michigan and 13 on your side is doing what we can to help, with 13 Reads Week.

Julie Ray is a reading specialist with Muskegon Public Schools and has some tips for parents to enhance what happens in the classroom at home. 

Read to and with your child

  • 20 min/day (research)
  • Human connection/enjoyable
  • Make it fun, engaging
  • Find a comfortable spot
  • Increases motivation
  • During dinner, in the car, doctor's office
  • Let them see you read
  • Think aloud

Talk with your child about their stories

  • Increases comprehension/understanding
  • Oral language development
  • Shows that reading is more than just figuring out words
  • Ask questions: 5 Ws, characters, events, favorite part, make predictions, What did you learn? Always ask why?
  • Make connections

Retell the story together

  • Increases comprehension/understanding
  • Use illustrations to help retell, connect pictures to text
  • Use puppets/props - make it fun?
  • Sequence the retell - reinforce that stories have a beginning, middle and end

Read familiar books over and over

  • Increases engagement/motivation
  • Become more confident, feel like a real reader, fun
  • Learn something new each time
  • Fluency
  • Praise them for all attempts

Practice fluency

  • Smooth, accurate, expressive
  • Leads to better comprehension
  • Listen to a fluent reader by Echo reading (I read, you read) and Choral reading (read together)

Attend family literacy events

  • Become familiar with school programs, tools and techniques for helping at home
  • Parent toolkits

Use resources

  • Local library/bookstore (provides variety, more books)
  • Online: MeL.org, World Book Online, Storyline Online 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our reader AND the one-and-only ... !!! Celebrate her birthday by watching her read 'The Hula-Hoopin' Queen' by Thelma Godin and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Watch here: https://www.storylineonline.net/.../hula.../