Mrs. Burns' Kindergarten
Reading Strategies for Home
The oral reading strategy this week is "Think Alouds”. Research has revealed that students who have difficulty comprehending, often have trouble seeing that the purpose of reading is to understand a message. Even advanced readers struggle with this. It is not enough to be able to "word call". Understanding is the key. “Think Alouds” are one of the best ways to help children see that reading is comprehending and that there are
strategies that help with this.
During a “Think Aloud”, you speak your thoughts while reading aloud, which is what experienced readers do. As adults we do this all the time and probably don’t even realize it. However, when you do this you are interacting with the text which helps you to understand it. In order to become more fluent readers, children need to be able to do the following:
• Be able to form mental images about what they are reading
• Use their prior knowledge (what they already know about a topic)
• Monitor how well they are understanding what they are reading
• Fix problems as they happen in their reading
• All of the above can be done with the “Think Aloud” strategy. TALK,
TALK, TALK, TALK! That is the key! Remember, you don’t do all the
talking. Encourage your child to do some talking too. Attached you will
find a few question to help you with this strategy.
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~ Edmund Burke