First Grade
Ready, Set, READ!


Pre-Emergent Readers
  • Have your read to you every day. Have them practice reading, using strategies they learned at school to sound out unfamiliar words. Many times children look at the beginning letter, search for picture cues or figure out what makes sense.
  • When you read with your child, be interactive and fun. Use different voices, accents while you read. Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, ask what your child notices, and ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.
  • Point out print everywhere you visit. Have your child help read a menu at a restaurant, signs on a walk, billboards or signs in the car. Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask him or her to find a new word every time you go on an outing.

Emergent Readers
  • Emergent readers benefit from books without words. As they use the pictures to tell the story in their own mind, they’ll be building comprehension skills. They can make up stories, change the story and use awesome strategies to figure out what is happening by looking at the pictures.
  • Emergent readers are beginning readers. Most emergent readers know their alphabet, some letter sounds, the difference between a letter and a word, have basic sense of story (beginning, middle, end), are beginning to match spoken words with print. Have your child read signs as you drive in your car.
  • Encourage your emergent reader to read you a bed time story. Practice the book all week until they master the book.

Early Fluent Readers
  • Get involved in your child’s reading by building home-school connections with your child’s teacher. Be an active participate in your child’s reading development. Ask your child what books they read at school, as the teacher about your child’s reading ability/level. Create those dialogues with the teacher, it’s beneficial to you as a parent and your child.
  • Early fluent readers often like to read books in a series as a comprehension strategy; the shared characters, settings, and events support their reading development. Most series books read at a good pace and provide increasingly more difficult text as the series continues. Visit the West Bloomfield Township Public Library to pick out a series book for your early reader.
  • Echo reading can be so much fun. Read a sentence aloud using appropriate expression and pausing. Then, have your child mimic you, reading the same sentence and using the same expression and pauses. Repeat the game every few paragraphs as you read through the book.

Fluent Easy Readers
  • Encourage your child to read with expression, accents while reading a familiar story. Have your child act out one of their favorite stories, therefore gaining depth of understanding, comprehension while gaining confidence.
  • Fluent readers are confident in their understandings of text and how text works, and they are reading independently. It’s still important to have your child work on reading competence while using strategies they already know. It’s still important to ask students questions about what they read to fine tune retelling, comprehension and inferencing skills.
  • Provide your child with opportunities to read and reread a variety of stories and informational (non-fiction) books. Find a non-fiction book about a topic that interests your child. Many informational texts have larger vocabulary words that could help to challenge a young reader.

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Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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