. Guided Reading

    The following strategies are the basis of guided reading.  Parents are also encouraged to follow these strategies when reading with children.


    1.  Look at the picture.  You may tell the child that the word is in the picture, if it is.

    2.  Look for chunks in the word, "it" in sit, or "at" in mat.

    3.  Get you mouth ready to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning letter.

    4.  Does the word look like any other word they know.  (book looks like look)

    5.  Go on and read to the end of the sentence. By reading the other words in context,
    you can figure out the unknown word.

    6.  If they say the wrong word while reading, ask questions like...

    does it make sense?

    does it sound right?

    does it look right?



    Questions to ask your child about a story.


    While reading a story...ask one or two of these, then one or two after reading the story.

      Tell the main things that have happened so far.

      What do you think the authors message will be?

      What is the problem in the story?  Why?

      What do you think will happen next?

      How do you feel at this point in the story?  Why?

      Every time you read to or with your child, discuss the meaning of any word your
    child may not know.  Use the context of the story to help decide the meaning.


    After the story...ask one or two each time you read a new story.

    1.  Who are the main characters?

    2.. Where does this story take place?

    3.  Describe the setting.

    4.  Does a character in this story remind you of anyone else you have read about? 
    If so, how are they alike?  How are they different?

    5.  Choose one character, why was this character important in this story?

    6.  Tell the main events that happened in this story.

    7.  What was your favorite part of the story and why?

    8.  If you could change the ending of this story how would you end it?

    9.  Describe the main character in this story.

    10.  Did the pictures help or add meaning to the story?  How or why?