Home Reading Program

Home Reading Success Plan

Many of you are reading with your child at home, and we truly thank you for this support. Below are some helpful techniques to make your reading time foster more academic success. We use these strategies at school to help students understand more. We ask that you please share and practice these strategies regularly.


Durhamville Elementary Staff

Before reading:

  • Look at the title and illustrations together and predict what the text will be about.
  • Discuss what you both already know about the topic.
  • Read the first page and then ask your child to predict what might happen next.

During the reading:

  • Encourage your child to picture what is happening and describe it to you.
  • Ask what might happen next.
  • Have your child change his or her predictions as new information is revealed.
  • Ask how a character might feel.
  • Talk about the illustrations or events.
  • Ask your child to make connections.

After reading:

  • Have your child retell the story and create a new ending together.
  • Retell the story from another character's point of view.
  • Let your child illustrate his or her favorite part of the story.
  • Discuss the story together. Did either of your learn a lesson?


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