By Karen Heath, Consulting Educator
The most helpful thing you can do with your child is to continue to read with her. Even though she may be an independent reader, reading to your child is very important to:
The second most helpful thing you can do with your child is to listen to her read. As she is reading to you, you should pause frequently to:
It is important at this age to go beyond retelling what a story is about, and to help your child to interact with the text in the above ways.
At different times of the day (not just when reading) make it a point to discuss vocabulary and encourage use of increasingly sophisticated words, model dictionary use (by looking up words yourself which you do not know), and discuss meanings of prefixes, suffixes and root words, so that your child begins to understand units of meaning within words, (such as un-controll-able).
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