Need suggestions on helping your student with reading?

Look no further! This page is dedicated to helpful tips and strategies designed to help readers. If you do not find the support you are looking for, please feel free to contact your student's Title I teacher.

How is technology impacting our kids?

Trying to convince children to put down their video games and tablets and pick up a book is a never ending battle it seems. Books simply cannot compare to action-packed video games and interactive videos. But are you aware of the effects technology has on our kids? Take a look at an interesting finding shared by WKYC Channel 3 news.

Toddlers & tech: How screen time impacts brain development and behavior

The Importance of Reading With Kids:

"The best S.A.T. prep course is to read to your children when they're little."

-Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook

One of the easiest and best ways you can help your child with reading is to read with them and read to them. Regardless of their age, kids love to be read to. Setting aside time to read nightly allows students to see that reading is important and should be done as a daily habit. Modeling reading is also important: if students see someone else reading, they are more likely to do it themselves. Sharing the reading lightens the work for a struggling reader but also gives them quality time spent with a loved one to look forward to.

Some ideas for reading with/to kids:

  • You read/I read: Take turns reading aloud in your student's good-fit book. This should be a book in which they can successfully read most of the words independently. Allow the student to control the reading by asking them which pages they want you to read and which pages they want to read.
  • Be a good listener: Listen to your student read aloud their good-fit book. Again, this book should be one that your student can read most of the words independently. Offer support to your student when they ask for it but try not to be over-critical of mistakes. When they are finished reading, ask them to read the book (if it is a short book) or a small part over again in a different way: from end to beginning, in a funny voice, etc.
  • Start a series: If your student has interest in a book or series that is too difficult for them as a reader right now, read the book to them. Young readers can often comprehend at a much higher rate when they listen to stories than when they read them themselves. Be sure to stop and ask your student questions so you know they are following the story and you can even offer for them to pick out sight words or even reread a small excerpt after you have read it to them.

For more information on reading with your student, please visit Jim Trelease's website The Read Aloud Handbook or read the book The Read Aloud Handbook.

Choosing books that are a "good-fit":

One of the key components of your student's reading success is finding books that are a good-fit for him/her. One of the easiest strategies we teach students is called "The 5-finger check". This is a strategy that can be used on any book, in any setting (home, school, library, etc.) and at any time. This is one of the first lessons usually taught in Title I. To see how "The 5-finger check" is done, please click on the following link:

Choosing good-fit books

Sight Words

Kindergarten Sight Words

First Grade Sight Words

Second Grade Sight Words

(*Please click on the link above to practice your sight words online)

Ideas and Activities for Practicing Sight Words at Home:

Go Fish: Make a duplicate set of word cards and play "Go Fish”.

Stepping Stones: Place sight word cards on the floor, creating a stream across the room. Have your child walk over the stream. As they step onto the stepping stone (sight word card), have them say the word before they move on to the next stone.

Word Hunt: Look for words in books, magazines, or in the newspaper. If using the newspaper or a magazine have your child highlight or circle the words that she/he finds.

Coin Toss: Put word cards on the floor. Take turns tossing a coin onto a word and saying the word. If you get the word correct, they keep the coin. The first person to get 10 coins wins.

Concentration: Create two sets of word cards. Place the word cards face down. Have your child turn over two cards, trying to make a match. Continue until all of the words are matched.

Beat the Clock: See how many times your child can write a word in one minute. Or see how many flash cards your child can read in one minute.

Write your sight words using:

  • Playdough
  • Stencils
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Magnetic letters
  • Legos
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Alphabet cereal or crackers
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sticks (in sand or dirt)
  • dry erase markers (on windows or mirrors)