Mitchellville Reads

May 2016

Reading at Home

Reading Comprehension Tips For Parents – Strategies You Can Use At Home

Reading aloud and thinking aloud

Good readers unconsciously create visual images in their heads while they are reading. It’s all part of the comprehension process. While you are reading to your child, think out loud about the images you see or the questions that may arise. That means explaining the ideas, pictures, questions, and connections that go through your mind as you read a passage. Here’s an example of a think aloud:

The title of this book is Bobby: The Bravest Boxer. There is a picture of a dog on the cover so that tells me Bobby is a boxer dog instead of a man that boxes. I wonder what the dog did that proved his bravery. I need to read ahead and find out. Oh, on the next page it says, “Bobby got very nervous when the children were playing outside all alone, especially if they are near the street.” That tells me that Bobby may do something to protect one of the children in the family. But how? I have to read on to find out more.

Reach Out and Read

Boost family reading by involving loved-ones who live far away. Using Skype or another video conferencing program, have your child share a book with relatives. Make sure the book is one that your reader has read a few times already; repetition is a fantastic way to enhance reading skills. Younger readers love to show-off their fluency, and oral reading builds confidence. Grandma will be pretty thrilled as well.

Books to Check Out

Digital Resource

Giggle Poetry

Reading poetry can be an easy and fun way to work on your child's reading fluency. Websites like, contain hundreds of poems for readers to choose from. Pick one or two each day to read with your child!

Looking for more resources? Contact Stephanie Laird, Mitchellville Elementary's Instructional Coach!