In the next week or so, students in K-2 will begin to bring home books to read at home each night. As we use these books for our classroom reading, it is very important that home readers travel to and from school each day in the bag provided.
The books sent home are books that your child has read in class. It’s best to get into an afternoon or evening routine which involves your child reading their home reader.
One way to help your child to engage with the book and develop comprehension skills is book chat. Discussing the content and meaning of books is an important part of reading. Chat about the book before, during and after reading, and encourage your child to share their ideas and to ask questions about the book.
Here are some questions you can ask before, during and after reading the book:
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"
- Look at the cover. What do you think this book might be about?
- How would you describe the character at the beginning of the story?
- How does the place the book is set in make you feel?
- What is happening in the pictures?
- What do you think is going to happen next?
- Why might a character have done this? What would you do in the same situation?