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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. Read as much as possible; reading can be a hobby or part of your daily routine like bedtime.
  • Recite silly nursery rhymes out loud. Practice those nursery rhymes and draw pictures to go with them. Nursery rhymes help with oral language, sounds and vocabulary building used for reading. Visit the West Bloomfield Township Public Library for a copy of our Nursery Rhyme Brochure, so your child can practice the rhymes at home.
  • 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 wordless picture books. 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.
  • Visit the West Bloomfield Township Public Library and check out a read along book. Read along books will captivate your child’s attention by listening to a story with rich expression told by a storyteller. Storytellers use great tone of voice, expression and enthusiasm when reading. Great way to model good reading habits.
  • Chorus read aloud with your child; that is when you both read a paragraph/page together aloud, like singers in a chorus. Pick a paragraph in his/her favorite story and let your child practice reading fluently with you.

Early Fluent Readers
  • If your child is reading and something does not make sense, have them reread the sentence. Sometimes rereading is an easy way for children to catch their own mistakes and correct them. You can also suggest other decoding strategies such as looking at the pictures, looking for smaller words inside a larger word, or ask, “Did that make sense?”
  • Early fluent readers often like to read books in a series as a comprehension strategy; these books share characters, settings, and events that 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
  • Fluent readers are confident in their reading skills. Have them read to a younger sibling, neighbor, or grandparent.
  • Practice reading with expression at home by doing Reader’s Theater. Reader’s Theater is when your child reads a book as if it was a performance, acting out each page from the story. They can even get dressed up, use a microphone or stand on a pretend stage.
  • Challenge fluent readers by picking out books with a different type of text. Non-fiction, informational or historical fiction are a great way to add some interest as well as content.