Star Studded Tips

    Tips for Peaking Interest and
    Teaching Readings Skills

    1. Be sure your child is reading a book within their reading range. If you are reading a book to them and discussing it as you go, the book can be above their level.

    2. Take turns reading pages.
    3. Model the joy of reading for your child by choosing something you are interested in to read.  What is your child interested in? What do they wonder about? Getting books they are enthused about will motivate them to read and develop a love for reading.

    4. Always require they TRY to sound out the word or look at other words in the sentence before you begin to help them. This allows them to use a higher level of thinking (context clues) to figure out the pronunciation or meaning of a word.

    5. Don't be fooled by laziness. They will pretend not to know how.

    6. Use voice inflection, character voices and imagination to create the story for your child.

    7. Ask your child to tell you about the story after you have read it or while you are reading it, to check for reading comprehension.
    8. Ask them to predict what they think will happen next. This keeps them involved.  

    Fun Games for Learning Your Spelling Words

    Letter Thinking-Write your word correctly, then close your eyes and make an image in your brain of the letter order. Spell it out loud and open your eyes. Write it on paper. Do the same with the rest of your words.

    Alphabet Order-Write your words in ABC order.

    Cheerleading-Pretend you are a cheerleader and cheer your words.

    Basketball-Bounce your ball or shoot hoops to the word letters.

    Syllables-Break your words out by syllables and think about each syllable to spell the word.

    Spelling City- Go to www.spellingcity.com and type in your spelling list and begin playing different games to learn to spell.
    Word Find-Find and list other words inside your word. Stay in order with the letters.

    Word Search-Ask an adult to help you create a word search using http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/index.html ---Click on the word find and type in your spelling words. Print it and search. Always get an adult to help you when you are on-line.

    Typing-Type your words on the computer.

    Chalk Art Spelling-Use large chalk or a rock and write your words on your driveway or sidewalk.

    Painting-Paint your words with water colors or just use a brush with only water and water paint them on a hard surface.

    Relaxing Back Scratch-Draw (with your finger of course) the letters in your words on someone's back. Now switch and have the other person draw on your back. See if you can guess the words.

    Sentences-Write funny sentences or a story using your words.

    Sing Along-Sing your word letters to the beat of music.

    Drumming-Beat an up-side-down large coffee can while spelling words.

    Tape Record-Tape yourself spelling your words, then listen while checking yourself.