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Title: Ready, Set, Read!

  • Ready, Set, Read!

Ready, Set, Read!
  • Using Environmental Print to Teach Reading
  • Lists
  • Rhymes and Poems
  • Songs
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Mail
  • Technology

Where to Find Environmental Print
  • Street signs, billboards and license plates while
  • In buses and on the light rail
  • In stores
  • On food labels
  • In advertising
  • In restaurants

Early Word Recognition
  • Pointing out and reading the words in childrens
    natural surroundings are great ways to develop
    early letter and word recognition skills.
  • Talk with your child and tell them what the
    things around them say and mean.
  • Talk about meaning!

Environmental Print
  • Write on charts
  • Add pictures
  • Display these charts on your refrigerator or in
    your childs room
  • Review what these charts mean
  • Label things at home-lamp, table, refrigerator,
    bed, colors, etc.

Generating Lists
  • The most common form of text that all of us write
    and use on a regular basis is a list
  • Adults make to-do lists, grocery lists, birthday
    wish lists and many forms of the top-10 list
  • We also read lists as well
  • The list of ingredients in our favorite recipes
  • The list of top teams and players in major league
    baseball or football
  • A list of best selling books

  • Lists are a normal part of family life.
  • Make lists with your children
  • From to do lists to wish lists and everything in
  • Read the lists to and with your children and have
    your children read the created list to you!

Lists Activity
  • Take a moment and write a list of everything
    you need to do this weekend or next week!

Rhymes and Poems
  • Short rhymes and poems are great to read at home!
  • The rhyme and alliteration in rhymes and poems
    make them ideal for developing sound or phonemic
    awareness in children.
  • The rhythmical nature of poems and rhymes make
    them easy to learn and read and fun to read again
    and again which is the main method for developing
    basic reading fluency in children.

Rhymes and Poems
  • Star light, star bright
  • First star I see tonight
  • I wish I may
  • I wish I might
  • Have the wish I have tonight!

Rhymes and Poems
  • Collections of rhymes and poems abound in
    libraries and bookstores.
  • Read a favorite poem to and with your child every
  • The entire experience can take less then ten
  • Look for interesting words in the text.
  • Jot them down and read them repeatedly with your

Rhymes and Poems
  • It is the patterned nature of poems that make
    them easy for children to write their own
    versions of favorite poems that can be shared
    with other families.

Rhymes and Poems
  • Diddle diddle dumpling my son John
  • Went to bed with his trousers on
  • One shoe off and one shoe on
  • Diddle diddle dumpling my son John
  • Diddle diddle dumpling Principal Tim
  • Hes not fat and hes not slim
  • Hes a pretty nice guy and we all like him
  • Diddle diddle dumpling Principal Tim

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star,How I wonder
    what you are.Up above the world so high,Like a
    diamond in the sky.Twinkle, twinkle, little
    star,How I wonder what you are!

  • For many families songs are a natural part of
    family life.
  • We sing holiday favorites, Happy Birthday to
    the birthday person, camp songs around the fire,
    or traveling songs.
  • Research is beginning to show that singing is a
    wonderful way to teach reading!

  • When songs are sung and the singers have a copy
    of the lyrics in front of them, they are reading
    short, highly predictable texts that are meant to
    be read orally.
  • This type of text is among the very best material
    for developing students fluency and word
    recognition skills.
  • Singing needs to be a daily part of the literacy
    experience for students at home and school.
  • There are several websites where parents and
    children can find the lyrics to classic old
  • One site is

Newspapers and Magazine
  • Newspapers are delivered to many homes on a daily
    basis and are a great source of reading
  • The variety of reading found in a newspaper
    provides you with a wealth of material for
    reading to and with your child.

Newspapers and Magazines
  • Critical reading and analysis can occur in the
    opinion and editorial section of the paper.
  • The comics are a great introduction to graphic
    texts and novels.
  • Brief biographies of famous and not so famous
    people are often found in the obituaries.
  • The entertainment and sports sections provide
    reviews of sporting events, movies, an other
    events in these areas of popular culture.

Newspapers and Magazines
  • Most newspapers have sections for word games that
    allow parents and children to examine how words
    work and what they mean in a playful and engaging
  • Many newspapers have sections devoted to children
    and what is happening in their worlds.
  • Newspapers can be an enormously helpful way for
    families to get together around literacy.

  • Families receive mail daily-from bills to
    advertisements to personal and business letters.
  • Parents can easily transform the daily mail into
    opportunities to explore reading and writing with
  • Going through the mail together, sorting the mail
    into appropriate piles, prioritizing what needs
    to be looked at first and then reading through
    selected items can be a productive time for
    parents and children.

  • Most of the texts that we have mentioned can also
    be found on the internet.
  • It is easy to find materials for children to read
    from the internet.
  • The computer and internet offer another
    opportunity of parents and children to read and
    write together.

  • Word processing programs
  • Websites that explore words and language for
  • Special program designed to teach children to
    read at home
  • E-mail and instant messaging

  • Most televisions have the capabilities of
    providing written captions on the screen.
  • With captioned television children have the
    opportunity to see the written form of words as
    they are spoken.
  • Some parents have claimed that their children
    have learned to read from matching the voice to

  • Many television shows also have internet
  • Channels such as PBS, National Geographic, and
    Discovery connect their programming to the
  • This is another opportunity for parents and their
    children to work together.

Reading Environmental Texts
  • There are many ways that you can help your child
    read using every day texts.
  • Choose one or two alternative texts and use them
    daily with your child.
  • Make a daily routine of sharing newspaper,
    reading the mail, developing a list, or
    performing rhymes of songs with your child.

Making Reading a Ritual
  • This will become a daily ritual that children
    will come to expect.
  • It can come home from school, before or after
    dinner time, during bath time, or at bedtime.
  • Making it a ritual turns it into a normal part of
    family life.

Tips for Reading at Home
  • Reading is reading, whatever the reading material
    might be.
  • The more a child reads, the better reader that
    child will become.
  • We do not have to go to the bookstore or
    library-there are reading materials all around us!

Big 5 of Reading
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Learning individual sounds that make a word
  • Phonics
  • Learning connections between letter patterns and
    the words they represent
  • Vocabulary
  • Words that a student can recognize when reading
    (encompasses speaking, listening and writing
  • Fluency
  • The ability to read a text accurately and quickly
  • Comprehension
  • Understanding what has been read

ReferencesBeyond StoriesThe Reading
Teacher61(7) pp 582-584Timothy Rasinkski and
Nancy PadickThank you to Timothy Rasinski and
Nancy Padick for sharing this information and
letting others share it with parents.
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