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- Before reading a book, ask your child what s/he thinks the book will be about based on the pictures & the title. Make a prediction!
- During reading, ask questions about what is going on in the story. Who is the hero/the villain? How do you know? Does a character change in the story? What makes them change?
- After reading, you can ask them
- What was the problem in the story? What was the solution?
- Can you relate the story to your own life? How? (Text-to-self)
- Can you relate the story to the world you live in? (text-to-world)
- What do you think about the story? Can you come up with a different ending?
- What genre was it? Did you like it? Why/Why not?
- Ask them to draw a story line with the key events of the story.
- Students are ALWAYS allowed to go back into the text to find an answer!
- Sound it out; using decoding skills and focus on problem sounds: you could use magnetic letters or simply write the consonant with a vowel that is difficult for your child and focus on practising these.
- Look for small word in the big word; you can also ask your child to find a synonym or antonym;
- Teach phonemes ch / sh / oi
- Chunk it together;
- Try a different sound;
- Reread it;
- Use picture clues;
- Use context clues; ask: does this make sense in this story? What else could be happening?
- Use your background knowledge; it’s important to help your child relate to life connections and activate their prior knowledge which will help them become invested in their reading. This can also help them work harder on their reading skills. Questions to ask;
- Use the text features;
- Read on to try to understand the sentence without knowing the one word, then reread the phrase
Praise your child for their effort! It’s important to praise your child on specifics like: You worked hard on figuring out this story by using the pictures and sounding out the words.
It’s important to not over correct your child when s/he is reading, especially if s/he is a beginning reader. It’s better to provide them with ‘hurdle help’ the first time they read a new book by giving them the first sound of a word you know they don’t know. This avoids them getting too frustrated and wanting to give up. You can ask questions about the story and then suggest to reread the book to confirm. Second time they read the same book, you don’t give them the help.
The same book should be read three times! The first time, the student has to work very hard at decoding the words; the second time, it is easier; the third time, the child can pay attention to punctuation!
Links to Support your Child's Learning
I will be adding links for you to support your child in learning French. Some of the links will be for you to learn more about the French Immersion program. Please always preview the link before showing to your child as there could be advertisement that are added to these links after I post them here for you.
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Language for Parents Courses
Chinook Learning Services offers courses specifically designed for parents and caregivers of CBE French Immersion students. Develop some basic conversational skills and learn vocabulary that focuses on school terminology:
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