As your child becomes a more confident and fluent reader, there are lots of skills
that you need to continue to practice. Remember, just because they have finished reading a book
does not mean that they have finished all the activities to go with that book!
After you have read a book together, why not try some of the following to help your child build fluency!
Ask your child to predict what they think will happen in the story.
Take a picture walk! Cover the words, and get your child to make up their own story to go with the pictures.
Hunt for words they are familiar with, including spelling words and high frequency words.
Look for words to go with the word family we have been focusing on in class.
Remember, even the more fluent reader can hunt for words that are more challenging but still follow the pattern!
· Re-tell the story, but create a different ending
Below are some other fun ways to make re-reading a story more exciting. Many of these ideas come from Dr. Jean
Read like a:
o Boss – sit with your feet up on a desk, cross their arms and ‘read like a boss’!
o Cowyboy – children straddle their chairs like cowboys and cowgirls riding a horse!
o With a Cold – Children hold their nose and read as if they have a stuffed nose!
o Opera – Sing with dramatic arm gestures!
o Robot – stick arms out and pretend to read with a monotonous voice
o Darth Vadar – put hands over mouth and read in a slow whisper
I’m sure you can be creative and come up with lots of other ideas!