Are you asking the right questions when reading with your child?  Good readers are active readers.  As you move from ‘learning to read’ into ‘reading to learn’,  make sure you understand the meaning of the text. It is important to ask questions before, during and after reading.  Here are some examples of questions you can ask in order to think critically about a story:Reading to your child helps with literacy
Before
What do you think this book will be about?
Is this story fiction or nonfiction? How do you know?
What does the title tell me about this book?
What do you notice in the pictures?
During
What has happened in the story so far?
What is the story about?  What is the main idea?
Who are the characters in the story?
Is this making sense so far?
How do you think the character was feeling?
Why do you think the character did ______?
How would you feel if this happened to you?
What does this remind you of?  (make a personal connection)
What do you think will happen next?
After
How did the story make you feel?
What did you like or dislike about the story?
What was the story about?
Tell me one detail from the story.
Who was your favorite character?
What happened at the end of the story?
How did the characters fix the problem?
Try these questions out at home and make sure to adjust them to your child’s individual language level.  Just a reminder, our school-wide reading program “BOOK IT” is in full swing!  Make sure to track your minutes on your calendar and turn it in on November 1st.  Your child has a chance to be the Star Reader of the month if they read the most minutes!
For more literacy ideas and suggestions a great resource is Scholastic Parents.