Over the last couple weeks we have been focusing on reading strategies that will help us to be better readers. Kids at this age learn many ways to help them decode words which will in turn help them have better comprehension. Many of these strategies may seem simple to an adult, but to a child, they are effective approaches to becoming a fluent reader.
One of the first and most important strategies we teach our young readers is to
LOOK AT THE PICTURES.
What that means is that before a child begins to read the words, he/she must take a look at the picture and decide what they notice that will be important to the story. Who is in the picture? What is happening? Where does it take place? Please don't discourage your child from looking at the pictures to help him/her figure out what the text is about.
Good readers always look at the pictures!